One of the most frightening scenarios that a driver can encounter comes when you suddenly slam on your brakes and they’re unresponsive… To help you avoid this precarious situation, here are a few brake failure warning signs that indicate your system is very likely in need of service:

Vibrations: If when you go to put your foot on the brake pedal and that pedal vibrates or you feel a shaking of it, that is a clear indicator that your rotors on your car may be warped.

Squealing: This may be a bit harder to monitor, as you will likely need to have your windows down, and both your air conditioning and your radio off in order to hear this. The squealing noise coming from your brakes when you use them usually is a sign that you need to have them checked out by a professional. However, it’s not uncommon to hear brakes squealing after a rain storm or car wash.

Grinding: When you push on your brake pedal and you hear a deep grinding, this is a clear indicator that your brake pads are damaged or worn beyond safety limits and need to be replaced quickly.

ABS Light On: There are several reasons that your ABS light may come on at odd times, including: metal particles in the brake system, or complete brake system failing.

Pedal Touching Floor: One potential problem with your brake system is that it may start to lose fluid and fluid pressure, allowing you to push the brake pedal all the way to the floor. This is a possible indicator of a leak in your brake system.

Grabbing: While you are driving and if you ever feel your vehicle pull to one side or another when you apply your brakes, this may be an indicator of your car’s brake lining wearing unevenly or in need of a complete flush of the brake fluids.

If you notice any of the above warning signs, be sure to give our ASE-certified technicians a call at 336-294-2137 to set up an appointment at our shop on West Market Street.

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