How Do I Know if My Brakes Are Failing?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety on Monday, March 30th, 2020 at 5:25 pm
Close-up on a car mechanic working on some brakes

Warning Signs that Your Brakes Need Service

Like all vehicle parts, your car’s brakes have a limited life span. Failure to maintain your vehicle’s brakes can lead to some dangerous situations, meaning drivers should take extra care to keep up with their maintenance. Unfortunately, many drivers can’t easily identify when their vehicle’s brakes are showing signs of degradation. To educate drivers, we’ve made a list of several major warning signs that your brakes need service.


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In many cases, the first sign of a brake problem is detected by the vehicle itself before the driver. If your dashboard’s brake indicator lights up, your vehicle has identified a brake problem that should be addressed. This may be a simple reminder that they’re due for inspection, but in other cases might be a sign of a more specific issue.

A mechanic working on a car's brakes

In other situations, an issue with the brakes can be identified by an attentive driver. Squealing, grinding or squeaking noises can all be signs of brake degradation. Other warning signs include:

  • Significant Wobbling or Vibration When Braking
  • The Vehicle Pulling to One Side When Braking
  • A Burning Smell While Driving
  • Leaking Fluid 

What Should I Do If My Brakes Fail on the Road?

There are three steps for drivers to follow if they’re facing a brake emergency on the road. First, drivers should attempt to slow their vehicle by steadily downshifting into a lower gear. Next, drivers with regular (not anti-lock) brakes can pump the brakes 3-4 times to build up brake fluid pressure. Finally, drivers should employ the emergency brake.

Drivers looking for brake maintenance, service and repair can trust Matt Castrucci Honda in Dayton, OH to get the job done. No matter the issue, our team of automotive specialists can find a solution to your problem.

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