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Brake Deterioration: What are the signs?

Your car’s tires are the only points of contact with the road. Hence, you need to ensure they’re routinely checked and replaced where necessary to avoid losing traction on the road during braking. Additionally, routine car maintenance is required to detect other braking problems early before they deteriorate.

Below are some of the warning signs of brake deterioration that may need your urgent attention:

#1: Sliding during braking

Bald tires cause this problem. If you don’t do regular tire servicing, the tread depth continues to deplete --which can cause a skid during braking. Tire replacement is the ideal option if you feel your car is losing traction on the road.

#2: Wobbling during braking

This is usually caused by uneven worn out tires making it difficult to control the vehicle during braking. Only tire rotation and tire repair can help to ensure they wear out evenly and thus avoid wobbling while applying brakes.

#3: Pulling to one side

Maladjustment of the brakes can cause your car to pull to one side. The same problem can be caused by oil leakage on brake pads, a frozen brake, or frozen emergency brake cables.

#4: Loss of brake pedal

The problem is usually caused by a worn out brake caliper or wheel cylinder, leakage of brake fluid, a rested metal brake line, or even a worn out master cylinder. A “once over” brake repair can fix all of the pedal problems.

#5: Clicking noises during braking

This problem mostly occurs in cars that are fitted with disk brakes, which are made of spring steel. The clicking noise during braking occurs when the disc brakes break or become brittle causing the pad to ride loosely. Anti-rattle devices can be installed during car maintenance to stop the movement of the brake pads and avoid the clicking noise.

#6: Drag during acceleration

This can be caused by frozen emergency brake cables as a result of rust buildup. This problem can be avoided by ensuring you always use your emergency brakes. If you don’t use your emergency brakes, you can lose them permanently.

#7: Brake pedal pulsation

This condition occurs when mechanical wear and heat thin out the brake drum or rotor leading to warping. The warping causes the brake pedal to move up and down (pulsation) during braking. Replacement or re-machining is the best solution because the emergence of this problem means that the brake rotor and drum are worn beyond their serviceability.

Braking issues can lead to more serious problems and even accidents. No matter how small you think the issue is, you should take precautionary measures in advance. Lanning Automotive & Tire offers tire replacement and braking system checkup to keep you safe on the roads.

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