Common Car Brake Problems

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Brakes are a vital part of a car, possibly even the most important, because, when they’re working right, braking effectively can save lives. When they’re not working properly, it’s an incredibly dangerous idea to drive at all. Our guide to common car brake problems should help you decide if you need to get yours checked.

Brakes are one of the parts of a vehicle that are used the most, so, when it comes to needing your car fixed, brake problems are a pretty common reason for a trip to the garage.

The braking system is in constant use while driving and therefore will be most likely to be the quickest to suffer from wear and tear.

This is why it’s incredibly important to keep up to date with maintenance through regular servicing and ensuring they’re in good condition, because if brake problems are ignored, they invariably become even bigger problems further down the line.

And this means a car that isn’t safe on the road and much more costly to fix.

Common Noticeable Issues

Some common brake problems which require repairs might include the following:

  • Vehicle pulling to one side
  • Strange noises
  • Worn pads/ scored or rusted brake discs
  • Low brake fluid
  • Contaminated brake fluid
  • Brakes pulsating
  • Soft or spongy brake pedals
  • Shaking steering wheel or chassis
  • Brake pedals are pulsating
  • Mud on the caliper

Vehicle pulling to one side when braking? This can be because of several issues, from worn rotors, faulty master cylinder and brake fluid leakage, to frozen calipers or a stuck piston. While the situation might be an easy one to fix, this is an incredibly dangerous one to be in when driving, so it’s vital to get the car seen by a qualified mechanic who can solve the problem as soon as possible.

Soft brake pedals – this might mean them feeling too soft or spongy, or even going right to the floor far too easily. In this case, it could be brake fluid leaking from the system and it’s vital that the car should not be driven until the problem is rectified.

Car shaking when you brake? Whether it’s just the steering wheel or the whole chassis, this means that something is very wrong with the braking system and you are not in full control of the car. Again, seek the advice of a reputable mechanic and this also applies too, if your brake pedals are pulsating, which can be a sign of going too heavy on them.

Brakes making a strange noise. When there’s a squealing, grinding or high pitched noise coming from the brakes when you use them, this could be an indicator of something quite simple, such as a build up of dirt, grit or dust, worn or damaged brake pads or discs, or other more technical issues, such as loose wheel bearings.

As it’s impossible for the untrained eye to determine the cause, unusual noise and the other brake problems mentioned above will always require a mechanic’s attention. Some drivers can get 70,000 miles from a set of pads while others only 25,000 miles, so never assume that you’ve not driven far enough to have problems with your brakes.

Let The Experts Check Your Brakes

Regular servicing is an excellent way to ensure your brakes are in the very best working condition. If you have a problem or concern with your brakes, get in touch with us and we can have a mobile mechanic out to solve the problem and give you the peace of mind you need in no time at all.

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