Arguably the most important safety aspect of a car is its brakes, and that’s why ensuring that your brakes are in perfect condition is essential. In the first of this month’s articles we’ll be discussing the most common brake problems that you’re likely to fall victim to and that you’ll need to rectify as soon as possible, should they occur, so your vehicle can be used safely on the road.
Soft brake pedals
Brake pedals that feel soft underfoot are a common sign of problems with brakes that must be addressed. A good way of testing your brakes is, while stationary, to apply pressure to the brake pedal and compare how it feels to the resistance you know it should be giving you.
Soft brake pedals are a telltale sign that brake fluid is leaking from your brake system, as this is how the brake system maintains pressure in the system and responsiveness. If you find that your brake pedals have gone soft, you must not drive your vehicle until the problem is rectified; it is impossible to know everything that might be right around the bend while driving your vehicle, and therefore having fully working brakes is an absolute must. Contact a mechanic immediately.
Pulling to one side
If you find that when you brake your car pulls over to one side, your vehicle could be experiencing problems with its brakes. For instance, if the calipers of your vehicle have frozen, such as if a piston in the caliper has gotten stuck in its bore or the slide pins have lost their lubrication, then when you brake you can find your car veering to one side. This means that the control you have over your vehicle and subsequently your safety is put in jeopardy and you need to have your vehicle looked at.
The steering wheel shakes
The steering wheel is a key instrument when it comes to both knowing how your car is functioning and the state of the road itself, and as such you should heed its warnings if it begins to wobble while you are braking. This is a sign that your brakes are not working properly; braking should be controlled, and if your steering wheel is shaking and your brakes are to blame you do not have full control of your vehicle.
The whole chassis shakes
In the same suit, if your whole car shakes when you brake then there is something drastically wrong with your braking system that you need seeing to. A service conducted right away will serve to identify where the problem lies so it can be fixed.
The brake pedals pulse up and down
If you find that every time you brake the pedal pulses up and down then it could be a sign that there is something amiss with your brakes. Due to the constant use your brakes are subject to, eventually they will become worn and less effective, and should your brake pedals pulse when you apply the brakes it is likely that you will be feeling the worn and uneven surface of the brake pedals or the rotors meeting one another. Brake pedals are not designed to last forever, and if you’re particularly hard on them then their lifespan can be significantly shortened. Regularly servicing your vehicle ensures that your brakes are in optimum working condition by identifying whether or not you require replacements.
Universal Tyres are experts when it comes to brake servicing and maintenance, and we even offer a free brake check to give you complete peace of mind that your car is in top shape. With over 90 years of experience in the field, you can rest assured that when you book a comprehensive brake service with us you are in the safest hands no matter where you are in the south of England. For more information, or to book a service at Universal Tyres, contact our friendly team today!