Having effective brakes are vital to your car and your safety, but how to you know if there's a problem. Below is a list of what to watch out for, however if in doubt then bring your car in and we'll check them for free.
High-pitched squeals or grinding sounds when you press the brake is often a good indication there could be a problem. If this is the case then get them checked by a qualified technician as soon as you can.
Bad or burning smell.
A unusual smell can be caused from friction between the brake pads and the discs - there can be a number of reasons for this including over heating. Again if this is the case then get them checked by a qualified technician as soon as you can.
Car pulling to the left or right.
If the car wants to pull to either the left or right when braking, this can be caused by a sticking or failing brake calliper.
If you feel some vibration in your steering wheel or brake pedal as you slow down, this may also mean your brakes need to be checked. A vibration in your brake pedal may be a sign that your brake discs are starting to warp.
Change in pedal pressure.
If you have to press the pedal further than usual there could be a problem with the hydraulic braking system and you should get your brakes checked as soon as you can.