Brakes are vital but can cause problems. They are used all the time while driving and inevitably suffer from wear and tear. Ignoring brake problems can have serious consequences, so it’s important to conduct regular maintenance and check-ups.
5 Brake Problems and How To Solve Them
1. No resistance on the pedal
A common problem many is for brakes to feel soft or spongy. If the pedal sinks to the floor without you pushing down, this can be a sign of a leak in the system. Don’t drive the car until the problem has been fixed. If you check the brake fluid levels and they are correct, and there are no visible signs of a leak, it could be an internal problem.
2. The vehicle pulls to one side
If your car pulls to the side when braking, it could indicate one of a few different problems. For example, it could be a frozen caliper. It can become stuck due to corrosion or lack of maintenance. The resultant uneven pressure on the pads can make the car pull to the side. The caliper and pads need cleaning or replacing. Other possible problems could be a faulty master cylinder, a collapsed brake hose or a fluid leakage.
3. The steering wheel is vibrating
If the steering wheel vibrates when you use the brakes, this could be a sign of a problem such as irregularities on the rotors or problems with the pads. As a rule of thumb, if you feel shaking in the steering wheel, the source of the problem is probably located in the front of the car.
4. The brakes are pulsating
Pulsating brakes are usually caused by warped rotors. The solution is much the same as what you would do if the steering wheel vibrates – resurface or replace them. You should consider replacing the brake pads as they can also suffer from wear and tear.
5. The brakes make an unusual noise
You may sometimes notice a squeaking or groaning sound when pushing the brake pedal. If this happens, take your car to a garage as soon as possible – the brakes will need to be readjusted. There may be damage to the brake lining, pads or drum. A noise may signal that wheel bearings are loose or the calliper is incorrectly aligned.
Fixing Brake Problems
Here at the Car Clinic MOT Centre Ellesmere Port, we can check the condition of your car or vans brakes and advise on whether or not you require them replacing. Our mechanics will check your brake pads, brake shoes and brake discs and brake rotors before advising if any parts are potentially unsafe.
We will provide a comprehensive quote for any works required, and you have peace of mind knowing you have new brake components fitted for you and your families safety.
All of the Ellesmere Port brakes and brake components used match the original specification and are fitted by our fully qualified technicians. For a free Ellesmere Port car repairs quote just give us a call on 0151 339 0101 or pop in.