Brakes are one of the most important safety features of a car.

We recommend that you have them periodically checked, even if you haven’t encountered any issues.
Some benefits of having your brakes checked include, improved stopping distance and improved fuel consumption.
There are some signs you may notice that could indicate that your brakes aren’t working properly including;

– Your brakes don’t stop your car as well as normal
– A grinding or squealing noise
– Leaks on inner wheels
– Car pulling to the left or right
– Brake pedal sinking to the floor
– Warning lights on the dashboard

Below are some of the more common problems you may experience with your car brakes:

Worn Brake Pads
Brake pads gradually wear down over time due to friction against the brake rotors. When the pads become too thin, they may produce a squealing or grinding noise when braking, indicating the need for replacement.

Brake Fluid Leaks
Brake fluid leaks can occur from damaged brake lines, calipers, or the master cylinder. Leaks can lead to a loss of hydraulic pressure, resulting in reduced braking performance. It’s important to address brake fluid leaks promptly to maintain safe braking.

Soft or Spongy Brake Pedal
If the brake pedal feels soft or spongy, it could indicate air in the brake lines or a brake fluid leak. Air in the lines reduces braking effectiveness, while a fluid leak can result in a loss of hydraulic pressure. Both issues require attention to restore proper brake pedal feel and performance.

Sticking Brake Calipers
Brake callipers house the brake pads and apply pressure to the rotors. If a calliper sticks, it can cause uneven brake pad wear, reduced braking power, and increased fuel consumption. Sticking callipers should be inspected and repaired to ensure optimal brake performance.

Warped Brake Rotors
Brake rotors can become warped due to excessive heat or wear. Warped rotors can cause vibrations or pulsations when braking, resulting in an uneven braking feel. Resurfacing or replacement of the rotors may be necessary to address this issue.

ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) Malfunction
The ABS system helps prevent wheel lock-up during braking, enhancing control and stability. If the ABS warning light on the dashboard illuminates or stays on, it may indicate a problem with the system, such as a faulty sensor or pump. Professional diagnosis and repair are required.

If you encounter any brake-related problems, we highly recommend booking your car in so that our qualified German Automotive mechanic can identify and rectify the problem to ensure your car is safe to use.

If you are experiencing any issues or would like us to check your brakes, then get in touch today.