It sometimes can be easy to tell when there is an issue with the brake system. Other times, the brake system might have a sign of an issue that you might not notice. The braking system on most people’s cars goes unnoticed since it is out of sight, out of mind. That is, until a problem comes up, which is usually in the form of the proverbial grinding when you push the brake pedal.
Sometimes the brakes will have become hardened from heat and are no longer effective at grabbing and stopping the rotation of the brake drum or rotor. This condition usually occurs after the brakes have been overused, either because of excessive panic stops or if you ride the brakes. With excessive overheating, it hardens the braking material, therefore making the brakes less effective.
Another issue of the brake system is if there is a hot spot on the brake rotors. This hardens spots of metal caused by overheating of the brakes. They resist the natural wear of the friction material that must take place during the braking process, consequently loss of braking power takes place. The pads have nothing to grip.
Noises from the brakes can indicate worn or glazed brake pads. The squealing noise comes from wear indicators, which come in contact with the brake rotor when the brake pads are worn to the point of needing replacement. If the vehicle starts to pull to one side when braking, it could mean a poor adjustment of the brakes, a frozen brake, brake fluid leakage, or a frozen emergency brake cables.
Also make sure to be aware if your warning light illuminates on the dashboard. If the light starts to blink, make sure to turn it off when it is safe to do so. If the light illuminates and stays on, try to get home safely with it, then schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can save time, money, and stress in the long run.