Once the brakes of a vehicle need to be serviced, it is best not to procrastinate. Over time, the brake system may start to fail making it more likely for you to be involved in a collision. Here are a few indications that the brakes of your car or truck need to be serviced quickly:
Your brake pedal meets the floorboard when you press it.
The brake pedal in your vehicle should have a relatively firm feel. If you have started to notice that the brake pedal can be pressed much further down than it once could, you should have your brake system inspected.
The firmness of the brake pedal is due to the pressure in the hydraulic system that governs the braking power of your car. Once, there is too little pressure available for your car to stop in a timely manner, your safety is compromised.
New burnt odors are released each time you press the brakes.
If your brakes are starting to smell when you try to stop the car, it can be an indication that your pads are burning away as they are pressed against the rotors of the wheels. The high temperatures can also cause the brake pads to form a hard shiny coating over their surface, which can make the pads overly slick. This coating can make it more difficult to stop your vehicle.
Your steering wheel shakes uncontrollably as your brakes are applied,
If the rotors of your car have become warped or uneven due to high temperatures, they can cause the brakes to pulsate or vibrate when the pads are pressed against them. The vibrations may be felt in your steering wheel. The situation can be corrected by replacing the warped rotors.
The fluid level in your brake fluid reservoir is too low.
If you have checked the brake fluid of your car, and the level is lower than it should be, the brake system needs to be inspected. Brake fluid is used to transfer the braking pressure from the brake pedal to the brake pads of the vehicle. If there is insufficient fluid in place, your brakes are more likely to fail. The low fluid level could be due to a leak in a brake line. Thus, it is best to have the vehicle checked before the fluid level declines further.
If you believe that the brakes of your car are not operating as they should, schedule an appointment with an automotive mechanic, such as Gordie's, as soon as possible.