Saturday, 2 November 2019

7 Frequent Braking Problems You Should Never Ignore

The brake light comes on

If your brake light comes on, there are several options. One is easy to fix, the other could be an indication that there is a serious problem and you need to get your brakes checked as soon as possible.

When you start your car, the lights go on the dashboard. This is normal - it's a lamp test to make sure all the lights are ok. If you start your car and do not turn on the lights, this is a sign that you should have the bulbs replaced. If everything is alright, they should start again after a few
moments. If the brake light remains lit, the most likely cause is that your handbrake is applied and as soon as you release it the light should go out. If this is not the case, this could be an indication that there is indeed a problem.

If the light is not caused by the handbrake, this could be a message that your brakes must be inspected. In this case, a mechanic should inspect as soon as possible.

Soft brake pedal

A soft or squeaky brake pedal or a low-resistance pedal can be an indication of a serious problem. If your pedal hits the ground as you step on it,
the most likely cause is a leak on the master cylinder or elsewhere in the brake system. You can physically check the master cylinder for leaks, but this may not confirm or deny the problem. If you run into this problem, you definitely risk your life and that of others as you continue. You should hire a specialist to check this before you drive the car again.

However, if you find that your brake pedal is starting to feel a bit softer than normal, but not yet near the ground, this may also be the first sign of brake pad wear. Ensure that a qualified mechanic inspects it thoroughly.

Brakes squeal or squeak

Brake pads contain metallic indicators that tell you when your brake pads are nearing the end of their service life and need to be replaced.

Essentially, brakes should squeal to warn you in advance that you need to take action. If you wear the pads to this point, the gauge will push against the rotor, indicating that the pads are ready to be replaced.

If you take action in this case, you will later save much more expensive repairs, as with complete wear of the brake pads, the rotor itself can be damaged. If the noise is more like a crunching sound than a squeak, it can only be a piece of stone stuck in the caliper - which is easy to fix - or an indication of something more serious.

If it is not caused by a stone in the caliper, a grinding noise may be an indication that the brake pads are excessively worn.  In both cases, it is wise to get a professional exam as soon as possible.

Vibrating brake pedal 

This is a common problem and can have several causes, all of which are due to minor defects or deformations of the rotors.

If the front rotors warp or have other irregularities, this can cause vibration when you apply the brakes.

Another cause could be imprints of brake pads - here the car sits for a while and the rotors start to rust. The place where the brake pads are located is protected from rust, which makes the rotors uneven.

The rotor surfaces may be uneven for several other reasons, but whatever the root cause, the result is the same. Remember, these are tiny differences that are barely perceptible to the naked eye. However, as the wheels rotate at such high speeds, even this tiny difference causes this effect.

The simplest solution, if you see the problem early enough, is to let the rotors re-appear. This is the less expensive option, but if the rotors are already worn beyond their minimum thickness, they need to be replaced. This means that it is best to have your brakes checked as soon as possible as soon as you notice a problem.

The car pulls aside when braking

If your car pulls aside when braking, one of the calipers is probably the culprit.

The calipers are responsible for exerting pressure that slows and stops the car. If your car pulls aside during braking, it is likely that the calipers will not apply equal pressure.

If the problem is not too pronounced, it can be annoying at first. When it gets stronger, it can become a more dangerous problem, especially in a situation where you need to brake sharply in an emergency.

Brake calipers exert uneven pressure when they get stuck due to dust, dirt or water entering them. It can also be caused by rust. The problem may also arise from the piston or caliper sliding pins.

Since this problem does not disappear by itself and, as already mentioned, driving the vehicle can be dangerous as always, it is best to bring the car to a mechanic to check the brakes.

Burning smell when braking

If you notice an unpleasant burning smell when braking, this can be a sign that the brake fluid is rising over your head.

Although this is not a pleasant experience - and can be quite disturbing if you do not know what causes the odor - the good thing is that this probably will not lead to long term problems.

If your brake fluid overheats, just turn it over and allow it to cool. So find a safe place and give your brakes a break. Once the brake fluid has cooled, you can start again.

To prevent the problem from re-occurring, try releasing the brakes slightly and, for example, approaching the corners a bit more slowly.

If you actually perceive a bad smell, it is very important that you do not just drive on. As the brake fluid heats up and reaches the boiling point, your brakes will stop.

Bouncing when braking

A common problem is that the entire car vibrates or wobbles when braking, especially when braking.

Since this problem occurs during braking, you may suspect that the problem is related to your braking system. In reality, however, your shocks are more likely to get old.

The best you can do is to have your vehicle checked by a Car specialist.


Here we discussed the most important and common problems as well as probable causes. However, there are so many reasons why your brakes can squeak, crunch, give off a bad odor, or even smoke.

For this reason, the best option is to have the brakes checked as soon as possible, unless you are a very reliable and competent mechanic.

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