Brake warning signs
Brake Warning Signs
Is your car trying to tell you something? Get to know some common signs of brake problems.
Brake Team recommends that you have your brakes inspected at least once a year or if you experience any of the following:
• Squealing noise: Brakes make a high pitch noise.
• Grinding: Brakes make a grinding noise.
• Pulling: A vehicle can pull from one side to
another while braking.
• Shaking / Vibration: Shaking or vibration can
come from the steering wheel, brake pedal or
the entire vehicle when the brakes are applied.
• Brake Light: When the indicator light comes on,
this could be a warning of possible brake failure.
• Low or "Spongy" Pedal: A "spongy" pedal almost touches the floor when pressure is applied.
• Hard Brake Pedal: Hard pedals can indicate damaged brake linings or power brake
trouble among other problems.
• ABS Light On: When the ABS light comes on, this could in could be anything from low
brake fluid to a bad component which could be a minor to a serious problem, but in most cases
it will only cause your anti-lock brake system to stop working and your regular brakes to work
which will allow to be able to go into a skidding stop on emergency braking.
• Grab: Brakes grab with the slightest touch.
Sometimes you will experience these symptoms while not applying the pedal. Generally, this is an indication of a severe problem and you should bring your vehicle in to a Brake Team location as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the brake system.
Any time you notice these symptoms (or any others), it is important that you have your brakes checked. Brake Team does free brake inspections.