Car braking systems have become quite complex. Most of today’s cars have braking control systems that virtually eliminate skidding. Braking effort is proportioned to individual wheels as necessary to stop in the shortest possible distance, while controlling wheel lockup. Cars have never been safer, and much of the credit belongs to brake technology innovation. It’s important to carefully maintain these systems, and be aware of indications that problems exist. Listed below are a few of the more important things that may indicate that brake service is needed.
- Strange noises
Squealing, grinding, and clicking are all indications that brake service is necessary. In general, braking should make no noise at all. The only exception to the no noise rule is when the wheels begin to lockup and skid, and the antilock system takes over. When the antilock is engaged you may hear a clicking or buzzing, and you may notice pedal pulsation, both are normal. It’s best to engage the antilock system in a wet or snowy parking lot, just so you know what to expect.
- Veers to the side when braking, or increased pedal effort
Veering and increased braking effort can sometimes be difficult to detect in cars with sophisticated braking systems. In most cases you’ll get a light in the dash indicating problems in the braking system before you notice veering or increased braking effort, but be aware of any changes, brakes should stop your car in a straight line, with consistent pedal effort. Brake inspection is indicated with any change, no matter how slight.
- Brake pedal pulsation, and vibration when braking
A very common braking problem is brake pedal pulsation and vibration when braking. These problems are often caused by damaged brake rotors. No amount of vibration is normal, except as noted above, and vibration can cause problems in other car systems. If you notice vibration or pulsation, it’s time for a brake inspection
- Antilock light, or other brake system warning light on in dash
Most often cars have two dash warning lights related to braking. The antilock light is usually amber, and indicates a problem in the anti lock braking system. If the light is on, the antilock system is disabled, and antilock brake repair is indicated. The brake warning light is usually red, and can mean anything from low brake fluid, to a serious fault in the system that needs immediate attention.
It would be difficult to overstate the need to keep your braking system in tip top shape. Help keep our families safe while traveling by maintaining not just your brakes, but your entire car.
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