The braking system is the most important safety feature for your vehicle. The ability to stop quickly and safely is crucial. Part of the brake system also include the brake pads and brake rotors. The friction and heat that occur every time the brakes are applied can gradually start to shorten the lifespan of these parts.
If you start to hear any unusual noises, there may be an issue with the brakes. The brakes may make noises that range from grinding to squealing, as well as other noises of varying pitches and severity. Anytime you hear an unusual noise from your vehicle, especially from stepping on the brakes, schedule an appointment immediately.
You may notice that the brake light on the dashboard comes on. The brake light typically comes on when the fluid in the reservoir is running low. Worn brake parts or misadjusted brake parts can cause the low fluid in the reservoir. Another reason for any low fluid can be if there is a leak anywhere in the brake system.
The ABS module controls the anti-lock brake system, which is one of the many computer systems in your vehicle. When the ABS light comes on, it is an indication that there is a malfunction somewhere in the ABS system. A diagnostics will be needed in order to determine why the light is on, and what should be done to correct the issue. When the ABS light is on, the system is disabled.
Another sign there is an issue with the brakes is if the ABS system engages during normal braking. Anytime the ABS comes on when it is not suppose to, there is usually an issue that needs to be addressed.
If you notice your vehicle pulling in one direction or the other when the brakes are applied, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can look at it. This usually means that one side of the vehicle’s brakes are working more efficiently than the other side. This can also cause handling issues when the brakes are applied, and you may lose control of the vehicle. It will also wear one side of the brake out much faster than the other because all the braking power is coming from one side. No matter what issue you notice, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you.