Whenever you press your foot on the brake pedal, your car either slows or stops. Potentially the most critical safety system in your motor, your brakes are easy to take for granted. However, given time and wear and tear, they can degrade and stop performing to their best ability like any other component. While many people don't pay their brakes that much attention - unless it's obviously needed - there are a few signs that could suggest that you need to take yours to a car service center promptly.
Read on to find out the five major signs of a potential brake issue.
While it might sound a bit nebulous, your relationship with your brake pedal can be one of the best indicators of a potential brake issue. Over time, you might find that your pedal feels 'spongy' or that you have to press it all the way to the footwell before it responds. These symptoms can indicate moisture or air bubbles in the system or that the cylinder needs attention. If this is the case, book your car into a car service center as soon as possible.
This can be the most obvious sign that your brakes need attention. Most modern cars are equipped with two sets of warning lights: one for the Antilock Braking System and one for the braking system as a whole. If either light up while you’re driving, then popping into an Al-Futtaim FASTFIT is the quickest way to set things right.
Think back to when you first got your car. If you bought yours through Al-Futtaim, it would have undergone a 99-point car service check, and your brakes will have been silent to the touch. However, as things like brake pads and discs start to wear away, you might find you hear grinding or squealing sounds every time you depress the brake pedal. In that event, it's time to get your brakes serviced, inspected, repaired, or replaced.
As part of your braking system, your car has brake rotors built-in. These are metal discs that work in tandem with your brake pads to either slow your vehicle or bring it to a halt. While you're driving, they spin with the wheel. When you push on the brake pedal, the brake pads close in on them to slow the wheel and, if required, stop it from rotating altogether. If your brake rotors are uneven or warping, you'll experience vibrations throughout the car each time you hit the brakes. A regular brake service is an excellent way to combat this problem before it becomes a significant issue.
One of the most overlooked components of your braking system is the brake fluid. Firstly, there are the hoses to consider: if yours are split or leaky, the fluid that amplifies the pressure you put on the pedal won’t get to the rotors or brake pads. Similarly, if the fluid becomes dirty or contaminated, you may find you have to work harder to slow the car or bring it to a halt. An easy way to detect whether your fluid is leaking is to check the insides of your car tyres. If they're streaked with a sticky liquid, this could be an indicator that your hoses need checking.
The importance of your braking system cannot be underestimated. For quick, convenient, and expert advice, book your car into your local Al-Futtaim FASTFIT or arrange a visit from our mobile car service van.