As you drive, be aware of anytime you hear odd noises or sounds from your vehicle. If you apply the brakes, these noises can mean that something serious is wrong. A screech or squealing noise can indicate that there is metal to metal friction. If the brakes have worn, then the brake pad and rotor are in contact with one another. With miles and age, the brake pads will start to wear down. If the noise is more and more frequent, it can indicate that they have worn down and are in need of a replacement soon.
Also be aware of any grinding or noises that sound like a thud. The last thing you will want to have happen is to have the brake system to fail when you need it. Notice what you were doing when you hear the noise from the brakes. You may also notice some issues based on how your vehicle handles when you drive or brake. If the vehicle pulls to one side or the other, there is an issue. This is especially true if it happens when you brake. The brake fluid and lines should be inspected to ensure they are in the best condition possible.
Be Aware of Issues
You can also notice an issue by the brake pedal. If the pedal is too soft or too hard, the brakes could be affected. Pumping the brakes may sometimes be required for them to respond to the pedal. A soft brake pedal will mean the pedal goes nearly to the floor boards when you apply the brakes. This can result in brakes that are no longer as reliable as they otherwise should be. So if you notice an issue, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle and brakes for you.