How can I tell if my brakes need attention?
There are a number of tell-tale signs to look out for when using your brakes.
They include a grinding noise when you apply the brakes or a pull to the left or right. The grinding normally means that brake pads are excessively worn and need to be replaced along with the damaged brake discs. A pull to the left or right is normally indicative of a sticking or seized mechanical or hydraulic component.
You may also feel a continuous pulsating from the pedal or a spongy feeling. This spongy feeling indicates that there is air in the hydraulic system due to a brake fluid leak. The pulsating sensation is normally associated with a distorted brake disc or drum.
More obviously, you may notice an illuminated brake warning light on the instrument panel or that your handbrake is pulling up higher than it normally does - in modern cars, this is usually more than 6 to 8 clicks.
For safety's sake, it's important to have your vehicle inspected as quickly as possible when you notice any of the above symptoms.