Most drivers habitually rely on their brake system to properly stop their vehicle without giving much thought to exactly how it is working. That is until it starts operating differently or making unusual noises. Then, it becomes a cause for concern.
Your vehicle’s brake system is one of the most important components of the safety and handling of your vehicle. Your safety, and the safety of your passengers, is dependent upon your vehicle's ability to operate properly. This is especially true during braking time. Your brakes work hard to bring your vehicle to a rest especially in a panic situation, may current generation vehicles the brake system is interlinked with the stability control or active suspension of the vehicle. Northeast Ohio’s weather can also be demanding which can change quickly from dry, to wet, or even snow, creating tricky road conditions. Heavy traffic and road construction can also demand that your brake system perform as intended every time.
These are some signs of brake system problems: Vibration/Pulsation/Wobbling During Braking, Odd Smell or Smoke From Wheel area, Squealing or Squeaking Noise, Pulling to One Side During Braking, Fluid Leaks or Brake Light Illuminated On The Dashboard
Before we dive into the signs and symptoms of brake problems, here’s a simple diagram of how a basic brake system work.
This will give you an understanding of where and why problems can happen.
The addition of ABS braking components, traction control, active suspension or an active braking system does complicate the brake system much further than this but for explanation purposes we will keep it simple for now.
Now that you know the basics of how brakes work, it’s time to take a look at some of the problems which can crop up in the braking system, so you can spot the signs and take action before the problem gets any worse.
Brake components do wear out over time and require regular maintenance or repair for them to perform effectively. You should have your brakes checked regularly so your vehicle and your passengers stay safe. At 5 Star Auto Care our experienced ASE-certified technicians can help you with any brake problem, including:
With so many drivers on the road today, you can never anticipate who will put you in harm's way. Let 5 Star Auto Care of Mentor Ohio keep you and your passengers safe! Servicing Lake County for more than a decade; we help customers from Mentor, Willoughby, Painesville, Eastlake, Willowick, Fairport Harbor, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Willoughby Hills, Kirtland, Kirtland Hills, Waite Hill, Perry, and Madison Ohio.