Signs of Brake Trouble
Brake trouble can turn up at any moment. But, it's up to you to take care of it before it takes a turn for the worse. Regularly check your brakes for wear and tear, and be sure to keep your ears open for squeaky brakes. This could mean your brake pads are wearing down. Caliber Auto Care recommends getting your brakes checked if you experience any of these issues:
- A squealing noise while driving that stops when the brakes are applied.
- The steering wheel shakes when you apply the brakes.
- The vehicle pulls to the left or right while braking.
- Repeated squeaking when you press on the brakes.
- Grinding or groaning noises while stopping
- Brakes require more pressure, force, or the pedal pushes closer to the floor more than usual.
- Steering wheel vibration
- Brake dust accumulation. Seeing a little brake dust on the wheels is normal. It's a sign of the usual wear and tear. However, if you notice more brake dust than normal, or no dust at all after a long drive, it's time for a brake check.
- Many vehicles allow you to see the brake pad through the tires. You can take a look yourself to check its thickness. Don’t touch them if hot, but if they seem thin, (less than 1/4th inch) it might need time to replace them.