Your vehicle’s brakes should be at the very top of your car maintenance priority list. If you can’t stop your vehicle properly, the potential danger is obviously life threatening…for yourself and everyone around you. There are several classic symptoms that make diagnosis by a brake mechanic fairly easy…once you give him your best description of how your car’s brakes are behaving. Here are several typical problems:
- Brake Pedal too Low, Weak or Spongy – could be anything from low or contaminated brake fluid to worn pads to a faulty brake booster or master cylinder
- Brakes Grab, Pull or Shimmy – this is a very common one. Often the diagnosis is what’s called ‘warped rotors’. Here’s a video from TrustMyMechanic.com that does a decent job of describing the phenomenon:
- Brake Pedal Too Firm – usually either vacuum leak issues or brake line (fluid) obstructions are the culprits here
- Squeaky Brakes – common…and worn brake pads are often the underlying problem
- Clunking Sounds – a sound that’s a bit more obviously abnormal. Often a result of something worn, loose or broken in the suspension system
Regardless of the brake issue…they’re just not something to put off and take chances with until it’s convenient. Many of the issues like the ones above can overlap and be described several different ways. The bottom line though…properly functioning brakes are the top safety priority. Let an expert diagnose and fix them asap!