Signs of Aging or Faulty Brakes

When was the last time you thought about your car’s brakes?  It may be easy to overlook them, but brakes are one of the most essential safety components of any car, and the ability to quickly and safely bring your car to a stop should not be overlooked. Read these common signs of brake issues and visit an auto repair shop as soon as possible if you recognize any in your own vehicle.

High-Pitched Squealing

Modern brake pads are equipped with a wear sensor that emits a high-pitched squeal when the pads needs to be replaced. This is the earliest indication that your brakes should be checked out. If the squealing sound turns into a harsh metallic grinding sound, get to an auto repair shop as quickly as possible as this indicates damage to the rotors.

Pulling to One Side

Another obvious sign of brake trouble is if your car pulls to the right or left while braking. A stuck caliper is the most common cause of pulling, although a collapsed brake hose and uneven brake pads can also be to blame. In any case, bring your car in for a brake check if you notice pulling to one side while braking.

Unusual Brake Pedal Feel

Also be on the lookout for any changes in the way your brake pedal feels underfoot. A mushy pedal, for example, could indicate worn pads or a problem with the hydraulic system. On the other hands, a brake pedal that causes the brakes to grab immediately at the slightest touch could indicate a worn rotor or contaminated brake fluid.

Whether your issue is bad brakes, dimming headlights, collision repair, or something else, Dave’s Body Shop is your source of the highest quality car maintenance and repair services in Utah. Our dealer-referred auto body shop has been serving Utah drivers since 1992. Call us at 801.566.3906 to learn how we can get your car back on the road quickly.