The hydraulic braking system in your car is one of, if not the most important, systems in your car. A well-maintained system allows you to safely handle everyday planned stops, and more importantly, helps you stop on a dime in those unexpected braking moments.
While the act of stepping on the brake pedal seems quite basic, there are a number of interconnected components that play into a safe stop. Your main brake components consist of brake discs or rotors, brake pads, brake lines, brake fluid and your brake master cylinder. Regular inspection and upkeep of each is required to ensure your system is performing optimally to deliver consistent safe stopping.
Drivers often take their brakes for granted and don’t know of braking issues until an issue arises. You can prevent this from happening with a regular brake inspection. If you experience any of the symptoms below, get your car serviced right way.
Q: Why are my brakes squeaking?
A: Squeaky brakes can be caused by a variety of factors. Typically, it’s caused by vibration, loose components, worn friction surfaces or some combination of these factors. Your best course of action if you hear weird noises is to get your car looked at by a service professional.
Q: Do I have to get my brake fluid changed?
A: Brake fluid has a useful life and should be flushed and changed every two years. If not changed regularly, brake fluid can absorb water. This water reduces the boiling point of your fluid, limiting brake performance. It can also cause corrosion within your braking system.
Q: Why does my brake pedal feel weird?
A: A spongy or weird feeling brake pedal is a sign there’s a problem with your braking system and it should be looked at immediately.
Q: Why is my car pulling to the right/left when I hit the brakes?
A: If your car is pulling abruptly to the right or left when you hit the brakes, there is a problem with one or more of your vehicle’s braking components. You may have a binding brake, compromised fluid delivery system or other issue with your steering components. Regardless, if your car is pulling to one side, you should have it looked at right away.