Any time there is a collision or near accident due to poor brakes, a car mechanic would probably say that the driver is fully responsible for the mishap and should have taken note of the signs weeks before. There are certainly a lot of components in a braking system that a car owner should know about before anything else - but that's a topic for another article. For the average driver, it's important to consider the top 5 signs of bad brakes:
When Brakes Stop Working
1. Noise - Noisy brakes is probably the first, and most obvious, sign of brakes getting weaker. The noise is usually a squealing sound produced by the accumulation of dust in the brake pads. Dust is only one concern though. Another cause of noisy brakes is simply wear and tear. In some cases the break pad will have worn down so much that it is scraping against the rotor. This level of damage should not be reached as long as the driver takes the car into a shop right when noises emerge. The noise may be present when driving, or only when the brake pad has been pressed.
2. A Pulsating Brake Pedal - A pulsating brake pedal is an outcome of noisy brakes. The pulsating sensation is the result of one of two things. Either the worn pad is causing the brake pedal to pulsating, or the rotor is causing the pulsation because it has been damaged in contact with the brake pad.
3. Slow Response Time - The brake pads can also get overheated. When this happens, the most obvious outcome is a slow response time to braking. This is what a lot of drivers fear: pushing the brake pedal as hard as they can but no actually stopping occurs.
4. Pulling To One Side - Maladjusted brakes are another common read more issue. The sign of maladjusted brakes is that the car will pull to one side when the brake pad is applied. Usually a brake fluid leak is the cause of this symptom, but it may also be due to wear and tear.
5. Check The Brake Warning Light - All cars nowadays will have a brake light that will flash when brake fluid is low. A car owner should read up on the master cylinder section of the car manual for how to add more fluid.
Getting the brakes checked out at a garage will mean that the nightmare of not being able to stop will never happen.