Brake Problems That Require Immediate Attention

You don’t need us here at SpringMasters Auto Repair to tell you that brake problems can be incredibly dangerous. We never want you to be in a situation where you cannot stop your car, truck, utility vehicle, or van. Brake problems are often accompanied by signs, and we are going to list the signs that your brakes are going bad below for your information.

Burning Smells

Burning smells indicate that your brake system is overheating and this is going to place you in a very dangerous situation quickly. Burning chemical smells mean the brake fluid is boiling. Burning carpet smells mean the brake pads have glazed. Either way, you won’t be able to stop your car.

Dashboard Warnings

Your brake system comes with two dashboard warning lights: ABS and Brake. If either of these lights come on while you are driving, when you apply the brakes, or if they stay on when you first turn on your automobile, your engine control unit is telling you that the brake system has reported a problem.

Fluid Leaks

Brake fluid leaks around your wheels rather than from the center of your automobile. Brake fluid is light brown to yellow when it is new, and it tends to turn dark brown as it ages. In some cases, brake fluid can also be red, so check the fluid color in your reservoir in the engine.

Pedal Resistance Changes

Your brake pedal should always offer the same resistance. It shouldn’t feel soft or spongy. If it does, you likely have air in the brake lines or your master cylinder is going bad. If your brake pedal sinks to the floor, you may not be able to stop your automobile. Have this issue checked out right away.

Pulling to the Side

If your vehicle pulls to one side when you apply the brakes, you probably have a stuck caliper or a warped rotor. Rocks can also get stuck inside the calipers and this can cause the vehicle to pull. When you apply the brakes, your car, truck, UV, or van’s direction should never change.

Strange Sounds

Grinding sounds indicate that the brake pads are completely worn and need to be replaced. You may also hear scraping with this problem. Squealing sounds indicate that the brake pads are getting too low, that your brakes are wet, or that you have a problem with the brake pad insulation or the rotors.

You’ll find a SpringMasters Auto Repair shop in Stickney, IL, and in Chicago, IL. Call the shop that is closest to you to schedule an appointment for a brake inspection if you believe that your brakes are going bad. Don’t take chances with this crucial safety system.

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