Screaming for Attention – What are Your Brakes Saying?

Signs You Need Brake Repair

Even if it’s near Halloween, and you’ve been watching HBO, if your car begins making strange noises when you apply the brakes, you’re not hearing a bad horror movie. Those are the sounds of your auto screaming for the attention it needs to keep its brakes in safe working order. You shouldn’t ignore the problem because it won’t get better on its own. Instead, bring your ride to Haver’s Auto Repair in Omaha, Nebraska. In business since 1957, our ASE certified technicians have lots of experience ridding your vehicle of all those ghoulish sounds.

It’s Not a Bad Horror Movie – It’s Your Brakes!

So if it’s not a sound effect from a movie set, what is it? You should always have a trained technician inspect and properly diagnose your brakes. However, there are some tell-tale signs to be aware of:

  • Worn Brake Pads: Squealing, squeaking, or grinding may indicate worn brake pads. They’re made of metal, so wear causes metal to rub against metal (on other parts), causing the haunting noises you hear.
  • Faulty Master Cylinder: A pedal that feels spongy or “soft” or a fluid leak could point to a master cylinder issue. The master cylinder holds brake fluid until it is ready to be forced through the system when you press the pedal, creating enough pressure to cause the brake pads to make contact, create friction, and stop the car. If the master cylinder develops a crack or other defect, fluid can leak, reducing the pressure your vehicle needs to stop.
  • Soft/Spongy Pedal: You should notice the stopping point of your brake pedal when you depress it. The pedal of a car with power brakes should stop about an inch to an inch and a half from the floor. On a vehicle with manual brakes, the pedal should stop at least 3 inches from the floor.
  • Illuminated Dashboard Brake Light: If the dashboard brake light illuminates, you may simply need brake system maintenance, or it could be a sign of a bigger problem. One of our technicians can accurately diagnose the issue for you.
  • Uneven Rotors: If you notice wobbling, scraping, or vibrations when you apply your brakes, it may be caused by uneven rotors. A rotor is a large metal disc that sits just inside the wheel. The caliper holds the brake pad, which contacts the rotor to stop the car during braking. Rotors should be smooth and evenly thick. Contact is hindered if the rotors are uneven or warped, decreasing braking ability.
  • Pulling to One Side: If your auto pulls to one side during braking, perhaps the brake lines or calipers need replacing.
  • Burning Smell: Finally, if you smell a burning scent when braking, it could indicate a stuck brake caliper, or you may have accidentally left the emergency brake engaged.

No More Nightmares

If you’re concerned that your brakes may be “giving up the ghost”, end the nightmare. Bring your auto to Haver’s Auto Repair in Omaha, Nebraska, for proper diagnosis and repair.

By on October 2nd, 2021 in Brake Repair