Problem With Your Brakes? 4 Signs that You May Need to Visit Your Mechanic
Many people get that sinking feeling when they believe that there's something wrong with their car. Yet it can be even more worrying if there appears to be something wrong with the brakes. What are some of the symptoms you may be experiencing so you can help your mechanic pinpoint the issue?
Pulsing at Work
Do you feel as if the brake pedal is 'pulsing' whenever you apply pressure to it? This phenomenon is normally caused by brake pads that are on their way out. The pulsating sensation is caused by vibration, as the brake pads are 'grabbing' at the brake disc when you apply pressure. The pads themselves have become warped due to excess heat over time and will need to be replaced as soon as possible.
What's Pulling Your Leg?
Do you feel as if the vehicle is tending to pull to one side or another when you brake? This could be a sign of uneven wear on your brake pads. When one brake pad has more stopping capabilities than the other it will tend to pull the car to that side upon braking. Test this by applying the brakes in a slow speed situation with your hands only loosely on the steering wheel. If the car pulls to either side, get the parts replaced.
Believe in Your Ears
If you hear a rattling or sometimes clicking noise beneath the vehicle when you apply pressure to the brakes, this could be another sign that the brake pads need to be replaced. In many vehicles, this is a built-in warning sign supplied by the manufacturer. Typically, a device is applied when brake pads are new to keep them in place and prevent any rattling or clicking when the brakes are pushed. However, when the brakes wear out and become a lot thinner then this rattling or clicking noise will appear. This is your audible sign to take the vehicle to the mechanic.
Complacency Can Cost
You shouldn't be complacent if you start to hear the aforementioned rattling or clicking sound on a regular basis. If you don't take any action, this will gradually change into a grinding noise. This means that the brake pads have deteriorated to such an extent that the metal caliper that holds them is coming into contact with the metal brake disc itself. In this case, you may have to get the brake discs and other parts replaced, which can be an expensive proposition.
Make sure to get regular car servicing so you can avoid any dangerous situations caused by your brakes.