Many parts on a car will need to be repaired or replaced at some point, including your car's brakes. The brakes are essential to staying safe on the road, and you need them to be in great condition at all times. If there is a problem with your brakes and safety is a concern, consider having your car towed to a local auto shop to diagnose and repair the problem for you. Here are some brake problems that indicate you need to seek professional help.
Brake Pedal Has No Resistance
It is normal for your car's brake pedal to have a fair amount of resistance when pressing down on the pedal with your foot. What you want to watch out for is when there isn't resistance and the brake pedal goes straight to the floor.
No brake pedal resistance is due to a couple potential problems. The main issue could be a leak in the brake line that is causing brake fluid to leak out. Pedal resistance problems may only require a simple readjustment to them and no repairs to the brake fluid line.
Brake fluid leaks are easy to identify if you know what you are looking for. Leaks can originate from wheels or the master cylinder. You will see dark hydraulic oil coming from one of these places when you pump the brakes while in park. Take your car in for repair if you see the fluid and identify its location as the wheels or master cylinder.
Brake Pedal Has Too Much Resistance
A brake pedal with too much resistance is just as big of a concern as a brake pedal with no resistance. Too much brake pedal resistance is due to your brake lines. Simple problems include dirty brake fluid due to contamination or air trapped inside the brake lines. These issues can be fixed by having a mechanic bleed the brake lines so that all the air or contaminated fluid can be drained.
A problem that is more complicated involves the brake line itself being damaged. A bent brake line can cause issues with brake fluid not traveling through it, and the brake line will require repair or replacement to get it working properly again.
Brakes Are Noisy
You will know that your brakes are fine because there will not by any noises coming from them when they are in use. Over time, the brakes can get louder from normal use with your car.
Squeaking when braking is very common. The sound is indicating that the brake pad is not wearing down evenly, which could be caused by loose calipers that need to be adjusted. A thin brake pad can also be the cause of squeaking, and replacing the pad with a new one will get rid of the noise. There are steel tabs in the brake pad that are designed to come in contact with the rotor before the pad wears down entirely. The noise is intended to let you know it is time to replace the brake pads.
Some other causes of brake noise include scored rotors, scored drums, worn out brake linings, or missing springs.
Brakes Are Sticking
Does your brake pedal momentarily stick down after pressing on it with your foot? This is caused by one of several problems, which include a seized caliper piston, issues with the master cylinder, broken springs, or brakes that were not adjusted correctly after they were last worked on. The solution to this issue can range from having to unstick your brake pad or replace another part in the system. Your mechanic can help diagnose a sticking brake problem for you.
Reach out to Valley Express Auto Repair for more information about brake repair .