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Poor Brakes and Needing Replacement Done

by | Aug 13, 2021 | Brake history, Brake noise, Brake noises, Brake Repair | 0 comments

Poor brakes will cause and issue with your car. If you notice signs of poor brakes, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. The brake system in your car, like all systems, consists of multiple components that are vulnerable to timely wear and tear. Hence, along with other parts of the car, you have to ensure that you maintain the braking system.

You have to prioritize this system even more than others since it is the single unit system that is responsible for saving your life on the road. Below, the article will address the most common problem, which is the brake pad system.

Issues with Poor Brakes

The most common problem that a car can face involves the wearing out of the brake pads. When this happens, you tend to hear a noise as you hit the brakes. A brake pad is a small plate that consists of a metallic base with padding. This padding is often ceramic in the material. This part attaches to the rotors inside the wheel as you apply the brake, resulting in the stopping motion of the car.

When the brake pad surpasses its lifespan, the padding begins to thin and the overall thickness of the pad tends to decrease. When the pad material becomes so thin that you can see it reaching close to the metallic base, you will hear noises in the instance of the brake.

This noise results from the contact of the metallic pad base against the metallic rotors. On the other hand, some brake pads have little squealers in the brake pads. When the brake pad becomes thin, these squealers encounter the rotor and this will produce a squeaky noise as you drive.

Hence, these squealers act as indicators that your brake pads need replacement. When you hear sounds at the instance of braking, go to your wheels and check whether your brake pads are beginning to thin.

Brake Pedal Sinks to the Floor

Many things can cause your brake pedal to sink to the floor. When you push the brake pedal, you are in actuality sending pressurized fluid through the brake cylinder and the wheels. The most common reason why you step on the brake pedal and it feels spongy sometimes is that the car has a brake fluid leakage somewhere.

Diagnosing this problem is easy. All you have to do is check each wheel and observe the calipers for any wetness or leakage. External leaks are easy to find, however, internal leaks are something you cannot notice. Internal leaks are complicated and if you do not find external leaks after filling the car up with brake fluid, you should head over to a professional.  Now that you have a sound idea of the braking issues of a car, you can better identify problems and decide whether you need a brake pad replacement or inspection.