We offer fast and affordable brake repairs to your car, caravan, or trailer in Medowie, Port Stephens, Newcastle, Maitland & surrounds.
One of the most important safety components in your car is the braking system. This allows you to stop, slow down and keep your car stationery when parked.
Whilst the brake pads are an important component of the braking system it is very important to get the other components checked too to ensure the entire system is working correctly.
Our mechanic has 12+ years of experience so you can ensure you and your family's safety is in the best hands.
Here are 7 signs of potential brake problems
1. Brake light on
This light signals that it is time for your regular brake maintenance or an alert to a potential problem. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for possible causes for the dashboard indicator or give us a call on 49828696
2. Squealing or Squeaking noises
Sometimes a foreign object lodged in your brakes can cause horrible sounds however it could also be your brake wear indicators - this lets you know when it's time to get your brake pads replaced by the brake wear indicators (which are bits of metal) come in contact with the rotor to emit a high-pitched noise when you apply the brakes.
3. Vibration when braking
If your steering wheel or vehicle vibrates or shakes when you apply the brakes, it could be that the thickness of your rotor is uneven. Brake rotors are the large discs that sit inside of the wheels. When you hit the brakes, the brake pads push against the rotors, which stops your wheels from spinning. It is normal for the rotor surface to wear down and possibly become uneven overtime. If it is left uneven, the material will continue to build on the uneven spots, making the problem worse over time. If the rotors aren't too bad you can service these to save the expense of replacing them.
4. Fluid leaks
An important part of the braking system is the brake fluid - this is used to create hydraulic pressure against the brake caliper. Your vehicle won't stop safely with no fluid so it's important this is checked often.
5. Soft or spongy brakes
If the pedal feels soft or if you don't feel some resistance when pressing the brakes this could indicate that their is air or moisture in your braking system. This could also indicate an issue with the master cylinder so if your car is presenting these issues it's a good idea to get it checked out by a professional.
7. Burning smell
A sharp, chemical odor could be a sign of overheated brakes. To avoid your brakes failing, pull over to a safe place and allow the brakes to cool down and double-check that the parking brake is off.
If there is any smoke coming from a wheel, the brake caliper may be malfunctioning and locked in place. In this case, it may be unsafe to continue driving without immediate repairs.
8. Grinding noises
Whether you have disc or drum brakes, grinding noises could mean your brakes need servicing right away due to the brake pad or shoe scraping on metal contact points.
If you have any other concerns feel free to give us a call on 49828696.