Your car has a lot of components, but not all of them are easily maintained. Just like your gas mileage is impacted by how often you drive, your brake components revolve around consistent use. Your brakes are comprised of linings. As your brakes are pressed, your wheel discs are compressed. This creates friction, and friction degrades brakes over time. That said, degraded brake components can catch up to you. Stay on top of your breaks, and pay attention to the warning signs below.
The biggest telltale sign of degraded brakes is screeching wheels. This screeching isn’t coming from rubber-to-pavement contact, either. It’s coming from your brake discs—which may be too degraded to adequately stop your wheels. If your brake components are worn out, they’ll frequently lose touch with your wheel disc, emitting a groan.
Built-In Wear Sensor Activation
Some cars have built-in wear sensors. These sensors scrape against the vehicle’s brake disks if the lining needs to be replaced. If this is the case, you’ll hear another screeching sound. This isn’t from the disc itself, however. The noise is emitted directly from the sensor.
Brake Pedal Pulsation
If your car’s brake pads have worn out, you’ll feel a pulse in your pedal when it’s pressed. Brake linings wear over time, so you might not catch onto the steady thrum of a pulsating pedal. Be aware, however, that fully degraded brake pads are noticeable via a rumbling pedal.
Brake Warning Light Activation
Too many drivers fail to notice their brake warning lights. These lights come on whenever you fire up your car. If they’re going off while you’re driving, however, they might be notifying you of low brake fluid. Sometimes, consistently low brake fluid can signify a leak. Or, it can reveal a broken master cylinder. This warning light isn’t the same light as your parking break, so make sure you check your manufacturer’s manual to understand where it is.
Replacing Your Brake Components
Every car, and light truck, has both front and rear brakes. While your vehicle packs multiple braking mechanisms, you shouldn’t ignore any subtle degradation. Replace your pads if you’re faced with the signs above. Your brake components need to work smoothly, otherwise you may be in danger. Double-check your used tires, too, and make sure they’re adaptable to your vehicle’s brake system. Contact Ace Auto Parts with any questions or needs you may have!