It's essential to include regular brake checks as a preventive maintenance measure for any vehicle. These checks can help detect issues before they affect your braking performance, giving you the chance to restore your vehicle's braking system to its intended operating condition.
Do I need a brake check?
When using your car's brakes, there are several signs to watch out for that could indicate a problem.
Grinding: If you hear a grinding noise, it may be a result of the brake pad's friction material being excessively worn down, causing metal-on-metal contact with the caliper. This can damage the brake disc and should be addressed promptly.
Squeaking: Squeaking brakes may be caused by a stuck brake caliper, partially applied brake pads, or worn brake pads that have a wear indicator designed to squeal when they need replacing. If your brakes are squeaking, have them inspected.
Pulsating: A pulsating sensation when applying the brakes could be due to warped brake discs caused by excessive heat, or it could be a sign of ABS kicking in. However, if this occurs regularly or if you are concerned, have the brakes checked.
Pulling: If your car pulls to one side when braking, it may be due to a hydraulic or mechanical component sticking or seizing, such as a caliper. An inspection can identify the exact cause of the pulling.
Sponginess: A brake pedal that feels spongy or unresponsive is an indication that air has entered the brake lines, preventing effective brake fluid flow. Have the brake system inspected.