When driving, you may notice sounds or noises with your brakes as you apply the brake pedal. In some instances, you may also feel vibrations or grabbing type motions with the brakes. It is important to go to regular scheduled maintenances for your vehicle, so parts can be looked over for any wear or damage that might have occurred. Between visits, if you notice any issues with the brakes, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible so we can inspect it. The brakes are one of the most important parts for your vehicle, so you want it to be as efficient as possible.

 

If your vehicle makes a squealing sound

 

Hearing a high-pitched squealing noise may be a sign of brake issues. The sound typically comes from a small piece of metal that is called an indicator. The indicator rubs against the brake rotor that creates a squealing that can alert you to the fact that you may need new brake pads. If you hear the sound on a regular basis, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible to be inspected. This way you can help your brakes to be in the best condition they can be in when you drive.

 

Vehicle pulls one direction or the other

 

If you notice the vehicle pulling to one side or the other when you apply the brake, it could be a sign of an issue. The brake pads could be wearing unevenly and may need replacing. If you need to apply the brakes in an emergency situation, it could cause an issue because you will not expect your vehicle to pull in one direction.

 

Lack of response with the brakes

 

If the brakes do not respond as they should when you press on the pedal, there could be a sign there is a leak in the brake system. Also, if the brake pedal feels soft, there could be an issue with the brake system. There could be an air leak in the brake hose or there could be a brake fluid leak. If you notice a small puddle under your vehicle when it is parked, it could be leaking brake fluid. It is always important to bring your vehicle in as soon as you can to have it inspected.

 

A grinding noise

 

A sign that the brake pads have serious wear can result in a grinding noise. The disc and caliper rubbing together will cause the grinding sound. New brake pads will be placed between the disc and the caliper to keep them from rubbing together. As the brake pads wear down completely, it will protect the metal parts like it should.

 

Vibrations with the brake pedal

 

If the brake pedal grabs or vibrates, it could be a sign of warped rotors. You should always have your vehicle inspected if you feel it, because it could also be a sign an alignment is needed. The rotors can be warped if the brakes are used heavily for long periods of time. This is because the amounts of friction that heat up the rotors will cause them to warp.