Brake Failure Warning Signs

One of the scariest scenarios that can happen to a driver is brake failure. You don’t want to be driving down a steep hill and all-of-a-sudden lose your ability to stop.

As such, if you’re car owner you should be on the lookout for signs of brake system failure, including the following:

If you put your foot on your brake pedal and it starts to vibrate or shake, your rotors are most likely warped, and you should head to a mechanic ASAP.

Squealing of Brakes
This warning sign can potentially be missed if you drive with your windows up, a/c on and stereo blaring, so try to make a point to roll your windows down and switch off your air/music every once and a while. The squealing can also be soft at first but the louder it gets, the worse shape your brakes are in. Be sure that the squealing is persistent though since sometimes a noise similar to mild squealing can come about after a rain storm or car wash.

Grinding Brakes
If you hear a pronounced grinding sound when you press down on your brake pedal you should definitely look to replace your brake pads ASAP as they’ve been worn beyond acceptable safety thresholds.

ABS Light On
There are several reasons that your ABS light may come on at odd times, including having metal particles in the brake system or complete brake system failing. Either way, this is an obvious indicator that something is wrong.

Brakes Grabbing
While you are driving and if you ever feel your vehicle pull to one side or another when you apply your brakes, this may be an indicator that the brake lining in your vehicle is wearing unevenly. You could also be overdue to flush your brake fluids.

If any of these brake system failure indicators sound familiar, give us a call at 804-642-2440 and schedule an appointment with our ASE-certified technicians!