Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. Poorly functioning brakes can make driving difficult, and even unsafe. To stay safe and to properly care for your vehicle, pay attention to these five signs that it’s time for a brake repair in Sarasota.
The first thing to listen for is a grinding noise when you’re braking. A grinding noise can mean that your brake pads are worn. This grinding noise is caused by the metal on metal impact that happens when you’re braking when the brake pads are worn out.
The second thing to look out for is pulling. If you feel your vehicle pull to the left or right when you hit the brakes, your brake pads may be worn. This uneven wear can require brake pad replacements. Another reason your brakes may be pulling is that your brake fluid or failed wheel cylinder is contaminated. If this is the case, you need to replace your fluid or wheel cylinder.
Have you ever stepped on the brake pedal and felt a vibration? If so, this may mean your brake rotors are warped. The rotors are the part of the brake pads that create friction. Over time, rotors face wear and tear. Eventually, they need to be replaced.
Another thing to pay attention to when you’re hitting your brake pedal is how spongy it feels when pressed. If your brake pedal is soft and rests closer to the floor than normal, your brake pads are heavily worn and need to be replaced. A soft brake pedal can also be caused by a brake fluid leak or air in the brake lines.
If your dashboard ABS light turns on, this means your anti-lock braking system needs attention. Visit your local auto repair shop as soon as possible to receive a diagnosis and repairs when this light turns on.
Now that you know what to look for, you can have your brakes serviced at Car Care Connection. We are Sarasota’s total car care experts. We hope to see you at our location at 6503 Gateway Avenue in Gulf Gate soon!