When to Get Your Brakes Checked

Look For These Signs You May Need Brake Repair

One of the most important safety components of your car is the brakes. It is without a doubt the most used and when something goes wrong with your brakes you’ll notice it when you try to apply them. Some responses from your brakes can clue you in on what exactly is the issue so that you can get them repaired. Here are some of the signs that your brakes will give you that they need repair.

Unresponsive Brakes

Your car should feel responsive when you turn the wheel and accelerate. This allows you to better control the car and lower your reaction times in a potentially dangerous situation. Any kind of advantage is worth it to prevent an accident. If your brakes feel like they aren’t giving you as much stopping power as they used to it could be dangerous because you need to be able to judge when you can stop. It could be caused by low brake fluid, the calipers may need to be tightened, or you just may need them tuned for you better. It is important you feel comfortable with the amount of effort you put into braking.

Strange Noises or Smells

There are many noises that can come from your vehicle, but when you use the brakes there is normally the sound of the pedal and the tires on the road. If you hear creaking noises, loud screeching, or even smell something burning, it could signal the need for brake repair. If the brake pads are low and need to be changed, they won’t provide enough of a barrier between the calipers and the wheels so it can cause the loud sounds from metal against metal. The excess friction will create more heat and that explains the burning that you may smell. Some brake pads will even intentionally create loud noises with small particles inside the padding which are essentially trying to tell you when the pads are getting low. Creaking noises may be caused by the mechanical parts in between the pedal and the padding.

Losing Control of Your Car

The most important sign that your brakes are in need of repair is if they pull to one side when you brake. This is due to uneven wear and it can be dangerous because if you brake too fast while your car is leaning to one side it can cause you to lose control. Having control of your car is important for safety. If you see any of these signs, come to DIA Automotive in Virginia Beach, VA to get service done on your brakes. Call us to learn more about how we can help.