When it comes to driving, safety is paramount. When you could potentially be travelling up to 70 miles an hour, you need to know that your car can respond to any road situation, including braking or emergency stopping if necessary.
There are some obvious signs that appear when your brakes may need replacing or servicing. For instance, the brake light will light up on your dashboard or you may just notice that your brakes are not responding as quickly as they used to.
However, there are other tell-tale signs for when your brakes need replacing that you may not be aware of. So we’re going to share with you the top 5 signs for when it’s time to replace your brakes.
Squeaky brakes may seem not so bad, especially if you close your windows and turn the music up, you can pretend it isn’t even there! But in all seriousness, if you hear a squeaking noise every time you brake, this is a sign that it is time for a replacement or brake servicing on your vehicle.
If when driving your car, you have ever felt the steering wheel pull to one side slightly, even though you’re driving in a straight line, this is a classic sign that there is a fault with the brakes. The most likely situation for this is a calliper that has become stuck, causing friction on one wheel that is pulling the car to one side.
Vibrations are a clear indication of warped rotors. The two surfaces of the brake pads will grind against one another causing vibrations. The warping occurs as over time braking causes heat to the discs which in turn causes warping. Replacement rotors are now thicker and warp-free so you can rely on your brakes to last you longer.
4) Pedal Pushing
Pedal pushing is a very common, but often an overlooked sign of worn brakes. This is when the car does not respond, even when you are pressing the brake pedal down firmly, the brakes will not engage until the pedal is practically on the floor. If you have been driving like this for a while then it can be easy to assume this is normal, but it isn’t. This should never happen and your brake pedal should never feel soft or spongy under the foot. If this does happen, then take it in to your local garage for an inspection and repair.
5) Worn Pads
When braking occurs, padded clamps are squeezed together on a disc. The friction between the brake pads causes the car to stop. However, over time, the friction between the two pads can wear thin and become less effective. If they wear down to a thickness of 3 millimetres, you will notice that your car will not respond as quickly when you try and brake, so will definitely need replacing.
You may find that your front brakes wear down before the back ones. This is normal as they control and action more of the braking load. But if, or when, you do have your brakes replaced, make sure you drive carefully to begin with and give them chance to settle down.
So, keep yourself and all your passengers safe on the road by keeping an eye out for these tell-tale signs of when your brakes need replacing.
It’s always safer to get your brakes checked out at an autocentre by professional mechanics that are trained to carry out inspections, repairs and replacements. So if you need any further information about brakes or any other part of your car, please feel free to get in touch with the team here at Universal Tyre and Autocentre. We can fix the problem, whether it’s a full replacement or a minor repair.