Brakes are something we often take for granted; but when your brakes aren’t maintained, every drive you take can be a risk.

Knowing when to seek brake care will extend the life of your brake system and your vehicle, as well as protect you and your passengers while on the road. In this blog, we’re going to discuss five signs that you should schedule a brake service.

1. Unusual Sounds

Any unusual brake noise can indicate a serious problem with the break system. Common noises include grinding, squealing or thumping. If you hear ANY weird noises from your brakes, please get a brake inspection ASAP so you can identify the source of the sound and fix the problem before it becomes a safety hazard.

Not to get all ‘marketingy” on you, but you never need an appointment to bring your car to Complete Auto Care in Ann Arbor. We can get you in right away for that brake check. If you want to, you can schedule an appointment for us to take a look at the reasons your brakes are making alarming sounds, but really, you should just come in, for safety’s sake!

2. Leaking Brake Fluid

If you notice a pool of liquid in the morning that looks similar to motor oil but appears yellowish and oily, that just may be brake fluid. This is a problem that needs to be addressed right away, it will only get worse. Your vehicle must have the proper fluid level in order for you to stop safely.

A brake fluid leak is an emergency. Do not attempt to drive a car without adequate brake fluid. Have the vehicle towed instead with our FREE towing service. You can call BREWER’S any time at 734-665-8888 to bring your vehicle to our garage for service.

3. “Squishy” or “Spongy” Break Feel

As you drive your vehicle, you become familiar with how your vehicle feels, from the resistance of the steering wheel to the feel of the brake pedal. If your brakes start to feel spongy or soft, you have ISSUES, my friend, multiple issues that need to be addressed.

In most cases, a soft break pedal feel is an early warning of leaking break fluids or air leaks in the brake line. This can make your pedal feel squishy or quickly to sink to the floor of your car when you brake.

4. Increased Stopping Distance

One of the most obvious signs that your brakes are struggling to bring your vehicle to a complete stop is an increase in the distance you need to stop. You may find yourself inadvertently driving farther into intersections or having close calls in traffic.

You may struggle to stop when your brake pads become too worn down. Have a brake expert replace the pads and check the brake line to ensure that you’re protected from fender benders.

5. Brake Pedal Vibration or Pulsing

Sometimes your braking sensation changes without affecting the resistance. In these situations, you’re most likely to notice vibrations or pulses when pushing the pedal down.

Typically, these vibration sensations result from a problem with the brake rotors. When the rotors become bent, damaged or warped, the brake pads don’t have a smooth surface to push against, creating an unsettling vibration.

In addition to bringing your vehicle in when you notice these signs of brake issues, you should also follow brake care recommendations. Most manufacturers recommend replacing your brake fluid every two years or 30,000 miles, and your pads every 20,000 to 60,000 miles.

For expert brake services and preventative car care advice to ensure your vehicle stays safe and drives normally, come by Complete Auto Services – we’re here to help. We fix everything quickly and correctly.