Is it Time for Brake Repair? These Problems Scream Yes!


Cars and safety should go hand in hand. When your vehicle rolled out of the factory it could stop on a dime. The brand new brakes performed flawlessly, but after a few years and many, many miles you may now be noticing it takes more time and distance to slow your vehicle than it used to. This is normal wear of brakes but you shouldn't delay in getting them repaired. The brakes are the most important safety feature of your vehicle and if you experience any of these signs of brake failure be sure to make an appointment for service right away.

Brakes squeal or howl when applied

Often times the first sign of brake failure is a grinding, squealing or howling noise that occurs when you hit the brake pedal. There are generally two causes for this noise. The first involves brake pads that are designed with a mechanism that pops up when the pads are low to create the noise to let you know it is time for service. The second reason is because you have no brake pads left and metal is grinding on metal, which is very dangerous.

Soft brake pedal

If you find yourself having to push harder on the brake pedal to get a response be sure to get to the shop ASAP. This could be a result of a brake fluid leak or air in the brake lines. However if the pads are very low you may also experience this issue.

Bad vibrations

If you feel vibrations in the brake pedal or steering wheel when you hit the brakes then there is certainly an issue with the brake system. One likely culprit is a warped rotor, meaning the brake pads don't have a smooth surface to grab onto in order to slow your vehicle, which will greatly increase your stopping distance.

Car pulls to the side

When your car pulls to one side as you're braking it is likely that your brake pads are wearing unevenly, which is unsafe. Other issues could be a stuck brake cylinder or impurities in the brake fluid. Due to the control issue this causes do not hesitate to have it resolved right away.

Brake Fluid Leak

If you notice a clearish, brown fluid collecting under your vehicle, likely near a wheel, you may have a brake fluid leak and you should not drive your vehicle! Brake fluid is what your car relies on in order to brake effectively. Call your mechanic right away.

If you're having some form of brake trouble don't wait to make an appointment with your mechanic. Healthy brakes will keep you, your passengers and other people on the road more safe. If you need brake repair in Sacramento head to Freeport Automotive. We offer expert brake repair for all makes and models, as well as a plethora of other auto repair services. To schedule an appointment for professional auto repair in Sacramento give our team a call at (916) 389-2405 today!

Freeport Automotive Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ