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Warning Signs of Brake Problems

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Your braking system is critical in keeping you and your passengers alive on the roads. It is routine maintenance that can not be ignored. You should always be accustomed to the norms of your braking system.This way you can identify problems early and fix them as soon as possible. Here are the warning signs of brake failure to look out for:

Screeching, Rubbing, or Grinding Noises

Do you hear a metallic squeal while driving your vehicle and it stops with you hit the brakes? That may be the sound of the brake pad wear indicators; your brake pads are worn out and need to be replaced. If there is a grinding sound when the brakes are applied, there are a variety of things that could be happening. Your brake pads may be worn through, creating grooves in the brake rotor. Another possibility is a lack of lubrication in vehicles with rear drum brakes.

Wobbling, Vibration, or Scraping

If you are experiencing shaking in your steering wheel or vibration when you hit the brakes, you may have an uneven rotor. An uneven rotor surface may cause the rotor to hit one of the brake pads as it spins. This will then cause a portion of the pad material to transfer onto the rotor. This makes you feel shaking when you hit the brakes. Rough braking could also be caused by the brake caliper not releasing properly. The motion of the piston inside the caliper unit squeezes brake pads against brake rotors to slow your vehicle down. The piston can get sticky from road debris or heat, so it may not retract the pads back into the “off” position when you ease off the brakes.

Burning Smell While Driving

A chemical odor after repeated hard braking is a sign of overheated brakes or clutch. If this happens, you should pull over immediately and check that your parking brake is fully released. Allow your brakes to cool to prevent heating up the brake fluid, causing brake problems.

Soft Brake Pedal

If there is a difference in resistance in your brake pedal, like sinking all the way to the floor when you press it, you need immediate service. There could be a problem with the master cylinder or there could be air or moisture in the braking system. You could also have leaking fluid, causing there to be insufficient power to force the brake pads to clamp to the rotors.

Performance Auto Specialists

When brakes start squeaking, grinding, or rattling, it’s time to bring your car, truck, or SUV to Performance Auto Specialists and experience top-quality auto repair in Wilmington. Don’t risk damaged rotors, calipers, or other brake system components. Let us perform regular routine maintenance, like a thorough brake inspection or proactively replace brake pads. This will ensure you keep your European auto out of the shop and on the roads. Make an appointment for a complete brake inspection today!

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