When you get into your vehicle, you rely on each mechanism to work properly, including your brakes. If your brakes go out, it could mean a serious accident that puts you and others at risk. Here are some common issues with brakes so you can look out for early warning signs and get repairs done promptly.
The Pedal Goes Down Too Far
This is a common issue with brake pedals, and often a sign that there is an issue. Your gas pedal should not be pushed all the way to the ground just to get your vehicle to stop completely. If it seems like the pedal is going farther than usual or all the way to the floor, check the brake fluid level. If the level seems okay, take a peek inside and see if it is contaminated. Now is a good time to change the fluid. You might also have more serious things to repair, such as worn brake pads that need to be replaced. When the pedal reaches the floor, it may also be from a master cylinder that needs repairs or extra air in the brake fluid.
The Pedal Feels Spongy
You should also pay close attention to how the brake pedal feels when applying it, regardless of how far down it goes. It might feel spongy, where it bounces up easier than it used to. A spongy brake pedal is often a sign of having air in the brake fluid, similar to if the pedal was going to the ground each time. If the pedal still feels firm where you are applying the same amount of pressure, it should still be in good condition, unless there are other symptoms of trouble.
The Pedal Keeps Moving Up and Down
Another common issue relating to the brake pedal is when it keeps going up and down when stopping. This pulsating is not a normal occurrence. It is often due to using the brake pedal too much, as this can cause overheating of the brake pedal. It is not uncommon to have it occur when you are driving through stop and go traffic for long periods of time. However, you should still have the brakes looked at if this becomes a frequent problem, just to be sure nothing more serious is happening.
There Are Loud Squeaks
Squeaking and squealing brakes should not be put off. Make sure you get your car's brake system inspected as soon as you hear any squeaking. Putting it off too long could put you at risk, as the brake pads might be wearing out, ultimately leading to the brakes going out completely. It also risks damage to the brake rotors if your pads wear out all the way, which is a much more expensive and complex repair job.
To learn more, contact a company like C L Enterprises.