The brakes are undeniably one of the most important parts of your car. Without them, you can’t safely drive anywhere. If you want to keep your Toyota RAV 4, Prius, or Camry running in top shape, watch for these five warning signs you may be having problems with your brake system.
- Grinding, Screeching, or Squealing Sounds
Your brakes have a wear indicator attached near the pad. This device moves with your brake pads as they wear down to contact the disc when your pads need replacing. It creates a screeching, squealing noise intended to be incredibly hard to miss.
When the squealing turns to griding, the problem has escalated. Your brake pads are likely worn away, and your calipers may be scraping against the rotors. Beware, repairs could become more expensive at this point, as your rotors may need to be resurfaced or replaced.
Pulling to one side is a major red flag signaling a potential problem with your brakes. Pulling can be a symptom of other issues, like bad alignment or unevenly worn tires. It can also indicate something wrong with your brakes. Pulling can be caused by a stuck caliper by creating friction on one of the wheels, a collapsed brake line interrupting brake fluid pressure, or uneven brake pads forcing the wheels to move differently.
- Worn Brake Pads
On some vehicles, you can look at your car’s brake pads without removing the wheels. You will find the brake pad between the caliper and the rotor. A healthy brake pad will be at least a quarter of an inch thick. You may be able to feel worn brake pads in delayed reaction time when you press your brakes. If it takes longer to stop than it used to, you should get your brakes checked.
- Vibrations in Brake Pedal and Shaking Steering Wheel
A telltale warning sign of brake problems is vibrations or a pulsing feeling through your brake pedal and possibly your steering wheel while braking. Other potential causes for such vibrations exist, but if they’re connected to brake usage, they could signal a warped rotor.
- Temperamental Brake Pedal
Your brake pedal may feel either mushy or oversensitive; both indicate a problem. If your car jolts at the slightest touch of the pedal, you may have unevenly worn rotors or potentially contaminated brake fluid. If it feels like you practically need to stand on the pedal before your brakes start working, it may be a mushy pedal caused by worn pads or a leak in your brake lines.
When it comes to brake repairs on your Toyota RAV4, Prius, or Camry, Fremont Foreign Auto is standing by for service. We have the expertise, tools, and experience to keep you safely on the road. No one enjoys auto repairs, but we will make you glad you brought your car to Fremont Foreign Auto.