Your brakes play a vital role in getting your car to come to a fast and complete stop when needed. If your brakes are failing, your car may take longer to stop, which can be detrimental if you are trying to avoid a collision. Fortunately, your brakes will give you many signs that they may be in need of repair, allowing you to take your car to a car repair shop for the needed repairs. Here are some of the most common signs that your car may be in need of brake repair.
Hearing Squeaking and Squealing
One of the most common signs that your brakes may be in need of repair is hearing squeaking or squealing when pressing down on your brakes. When you first hear squeaking or squealing, you should attempt to rise off the tires and brakes, as dirt and dust can cause some squeaking as well. If that does not solve the issue, if you have this issue in conjunction with another potential brake issue, or if the squeaking or squealing gets louder or is followed by grinding, you will want to have your brakes looked at in a timely manner.
Having a Soft Brake Pedal
Another sign of a potential brake issue is having a soft brake pedal, also referred to as having a spongy brake pedal. If your brake pedal is soft or spongy, you will be able to press your brake pedal down much further than normal, or even be able to press it all the way down to your floorboard. A soft brake pedal typically indicates there is air in the brake lines or a lose of brake fluid, both of which can impact your ability to stop in an emergency. Bring your car to a mechanic anytime you experience a soft brake pedal.
Seeing Brake Fluid Under Your Car
The final sign of potential brake problems is seeing brake fluid underneath your car. Typically, brake fluid will be found near the base of the tires. Unlike other types of auto fluid, brake fluid is clear. If you suspect your car is leaking brake fluid, check your brake fluid level. If it is low, you likely have a leak. You should immediately bring your car to a repair shop if your car is leaking brake fluid. Losing brake fluid can cause you to lose the ability to stop, which can be disastrous.
If your vehicle is showing one or more of these signs, you should bring your car to an auto repair shop for a brake inspection. From there, a mechanic can determine what may be going on with the brake system and make the needed repairs to ensure your car comes to a timely stop upon hitting the brake pedal. Here at Morgan Automotive Repair, with locations in Manteca, Tracy, and Stockton, we can help you with all of your car repair needs, including brake inspections and repairs. Schedule an appointment at one of our shops today.