Many drivers take their brakes for granted. Routine maintenance is required to keep your brakes ready for anything. If you're not sure whether you need brake repair or service, watch for these signs.
When the brake light comes on, it could be your car's electronics telling you it's time for service. Your parking brake may need to be released. Confirm that the parking brake is released. If the light doesn't go off, get your brakes serviced.
Hearing a high-pitched squeal when you press your brakes likely indicates that your brake pads are wearing. Grinding noises could mean that the brake pads are worn through. Replacing the pads will protect the rotors and save you from costly repairs.
If your steering wheel vibrates when you brake, the rotors may be uneven. You'll want to check with your mechanic. Replacing the rotors can be expensive. Don't wait to get these checked out.
You should not have to refill the brake fluid very often. If you see fluid where you park your car, you should have a mechanic check your vehicle to find out what the problem is.
When you press down the brake pedal, you should not have to keep pressing to the floor of your car. If you have power brakes, it should stop about 1.5 inches from the floor. A soft pedal indicates that you need brake service.
When your car feels as if it is unbalanced when braking, you may have a bad brake hose or caliper problem. The brake system shouldn't pull to one side.
Generally, you shouldn't be smelling harsh odors when driving. If you're experiencing a sharp odor after driving on mountain roads or repeated braking, it could mean that your brakes are overheating. Pullover to a safe spot. Let the brakes cool. Get service to check the system.
Brake service at regular intervals, every 50,000 to 75,000 miles, will save you money. Contact Austin's Pro Max in Puyallup WA for brake repair on your car to stay safe no matter where the road takes you.