One of the most important safety features in vehicles are the brake systems. While almost everyone knows that brakes are important, not everyone knows how to tell when their brake system is starting to need some attention. Take it from us – there are some things that should not be ignored! Read on to find out what those common brake problems are so you know when it might be time to give us a call.
First off, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the key components of your vehicle’s brake system. If you are not an auto mechanic, you might be surprised to find out that there are quite a few pieces that work together to allow a vehicle to make a safe and effective stop.
The elements of a brake system include the following:
The most likely culprit causing this common problem are the wheel speed sensors. The computer is no longer able to accurately gauge the speed that each wheel is spinning if the sensors are not functioning properly. Your car’s computer will respond to that by turning off your traction control system (and potentially your ABS system, too) until you get the problem addressed.
Another common brake problem that you shouldn’t ignore is when your vehicle starts leaking brake fluid. This fluid is what activates the pads and ultimately slows down your car. If there is a leak somewhere between your foot pushing the brake pedal and the car slowing down, there may not be enough fluid to effectively slow the car down. There are a couple of different reasons this could be happening, such as worn brake pads or damaged brake lines or a failed wheel cylinder.
You may notice that you can feel a slight vibration in your vehicle as you come to a stop. You will likely feel this the most in the steering wheel or brake pedal if it’s happening as you brake. This can be caused by several different problems and – as with all of these issues – will be easy to identify and resolve with a careful inspection done by one of WJ Kuhn’s top mechanics. It could indicate a brake system failure caused by warped brake rotors, drums or pads.
When you hear that squeal, squeak or rubbing noise as you apply pressure to the brake pedal, you know it is time to get your vehicle in for a check-up. Common reasons for this noisy problem include:
Your safety is important to us. At WJ Kuhn, we take the time to listen to your concerns about your vehicle, do a thorough inspection, and make repairs that will last. The only truly reliable way to know that your brakes are in their best shape is to come in and let us take a look.