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3 Signs That Your Car Needs Brakes Repair

by Derek Davidson

According to statistics, about 1,100 people die on Australian roads annually, and brake failures cause a significant portion of these deaths. Imagine cruising the highway, and as you approach a turn, you hit the brakes, but nothing happens. Unfortunately, such incidences are frequent, and fatalities are almost inevitable. Therefore, it is critical to pay close attention to the health of your vehicle's brakes. It will help you to identify potential brake problems in time, thus protecting you from brake failures. This article highlights signs that your braking system needs repair. 

Squealing and Squeaking Brakes — The brake pad is arguably the most critical part of the braking system because it is directly involved in the braking process. Car part manufacturers understand this, and that is why they design the brake pad to make squealing sounds once it starts to wear. The squeaking and squealing sounds are a sign that the brake pad surface is losing its gripping properties. When you brake, the pad slides on the tire plate, and this makes stopping the car impossible. Therefore, ensure that you take your vehicle for inspection and possible repairs when you start to hear those annoying squeals and squeaks coming from the brake pad. 

Takes longer to Stop — When a car stops the moment one steps onto the brake pedal, it is an indication that the braking system is in excellent condition. The brake pads apply adequate friction that brings the car to a stop immediately. However, as the brake pads start to wear, it gradually takes longer for the vehicle to stop. When this happens, you might be tempted to step harder on the brake pedal to bring the car to a stop. While this might work, you will only worsen the brake's deteriorating condition. Therefore, if you notice that it takes the car longer to stop once you apply the brakes, then it is time to visit a brake repair service. 

Unresponsive Brake — Most modern car models have very sensitive brake pedals. The cars come to a stop with a light step on the brake pedal. However, with time, you might notice that you have to step harder than before to apply the brakes. If it gets to this point, then that is a clear indication that your brakes are gradually becoming unresponsive. Unfortunately, it is easy to ignore this problem because it starts as an intermittent issue. For instance, if you only have a single episode of unresponsive brakes in one week, you will forget about it. Over time, the problem worsens and the brakes fail. Therefore, if you need to exert more force on the brake pedal to bring your car to a stop, then make an appointment for brake repair.