If you hear scraping sounds coming from the brakes, the brake pad surfaces have worn down completely. You need to have new brake pads installed as soon as possible to avoid damaging the rotors. Willoughby Hills Auto Repair advises that this is just one sign that your brake system needs to be serviced. Here are other signs that your brakes are going out and need to be serviced or repaired.
Vibration When You Brake
If your vehicle vibrates when you apply the brakes, the rotor surfaces are already warped. Unfortunately, this means that they will need to be recut in order to generate friction with the brake pads. Another cause of brake vibration is road debris stuck in the calipers.
Red or Brown Fluid Leak
Your brake system is also telling you that it needs to be serviced if it is leaking brake fluid. Brake fluid is either brown or red. If you see red or brown spots on the garage floor around your wheels, the brake system is leaking. Brake fluid can leak out of the master cylinder and the brake hoses.
A soft or spongy brake pedal is an indication that there is air in the brake lines. These air bubbles make it difficult to slow down and stop. We will need to bleed the brake lines to remove the air bubbles. This being said, a spongy brake pedal can also indicate that the master cylinder is going bad.
Pulling to the Side
If your automobile pulls from going straight when you brake, you likely have a caliper that is stuck on that wheel. Generally, the calipers last quite a long time before you need to replace them. If the caliper is stuck, we may be able to release it. If not, we will have to replace it.
Overheating Brake System
Your brake system is also in dire need of service if it is overheating. Signs that it is overheating include squealing when you apply the brakes and hot odors coming from the brakes. Specifically, the odors may smell like burning carpet or hot chemicals.
Brake System Warning Light
Finally, you may end up with a dashboard warning light that applies to your brake system if the brakes are going bad. It could be the ABS light if the antilock brake system is having problems or it could be the Brake light or the Low Pad indicator light.
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair in Willoughby Hills, OH, can service or repair your brakes if they need it. Give us a call today to schedule a service appointment.