You don’t need us to tell you how important your brakes are. We don’t want you to imagine what would happen if you couldn’t stop in time. The key to avoiding brake system replacement is catching problems before they become real concerns. One way to do this is to allow Kinetech Motor Werkes to inspect your brakes regularly. You can also avoid trouble by paying attention to the following six signs.
Your brake pads are designed to squeal while your vehicle is in motion as they wear down to alert you of their demise. If you hear crunching or grinding sounds when you brake, your pads are already worn. If the pads are new, the grinding could also be caused by dirt caught in between the pads and rotors.
Your vehicle’s brake pedal or steering wheel should not vibrate when you brake but if either do, your rotors could be the culprit. Your brake pads press against the rotors to stop your vehicle and an uneven or bent rotor can cause vibration or shuddering when you press down on the brake pedal.
If you notice light brown to dark brown or black fluid spots on your garage floor you might have a brake fluid leak. This could spell bad news if the fluid is leaking from the master cylinder. Fluid can also leak out of the brake lines. Have the leak inspected ASAP as your vehicle cannot stop without brake fluid.
Brakes that need TLC often speak to you through the brake pedal. Your brake pedal shouldn’t feel softer than normal or sink to the floor. If it does, you might have air or moisture in your brake lines or issues with the master cylinder. Your brake pedal should always stop at about 1-to-1 1/2 inches from the floor.
Getting back to your brake system’s calipers, another sign they need to be replaced is pulling. to one side when you apply the brakes. A bad hose can also make your vehicle pull to the right or left when you tap on the brake pedal. If your vehicle is out of alignment, it will also pull sideways when in motion.
The smell of burning rubber is common with new brakes. If you smell a strong, chemical odor after slamming on your brakes or even during normal braking, however, they are overheating. This is dangerous so pull over and allow your brakes to cool down. Then, drive to the nearest auto repair shop.
If you notice any of these signs while driving or braking bring your European vehicle into Kinetech Motor Werkes in Indian Trail, NC. Set up an appointment by calling 704-457-7821.