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Having brake problems is one of any driver’s worst nightmares. Brakes are such an essential component of safe driving and when they go wrong, it’s scary.
However, there are ways to solve it. In this guide, we’re going to take a look at some common problems that people have with brakes and what you need to do to solve them.
Remember, if you don’t feel comfortable doing the repairs yourself, you should always take it to a repair shop.
Are you ready to learn more? Read on!
1. Brakes Making Noise When Engaged
Brakes should be pretty much silent when you put your foot on the brake pedal. If you notice grinding, squeaking, or any other kind of unusual noise when you engage the brakes, then something has gone wrong with the brakes.
While this may not be anything serious, you will likely need to have the brakes readjusted, which is something you should have a qualified mechanic do for you. There could be problems with any number of different components, and it’s very hard for an amateur to diagnose the exact cause.
2. Brakes Failing
If your brakes fail while you’re driving, you need to safely come to a stop as soon as possible. Under no circumstances should you drive, call out a tow truck and get your brakes fixed immediately.
If you’re wondering how to come to a stop without your brakes, we can help you. First off, you need to get out of the way of other traffic and make sure the road is clear in front of you: if you need to change lanes, signal.
Try pumping the brakes and see if there is any brake power: if you have any braking power at all, use it.
You should shift into a lower gear if possible, if you’re on an automatic car with an L setting, use this or the paddles behind the steering wheel. Your engine will redline but this is okay: when you’re a few thousand revs below the redline, shift down again.
When you’re at a low speed, engage the handbrake.
3. No Resistance on Pedal
Your brake pedal should have some resistance to it. If you notice that there’s no resistance when you put your foot down and you can press it all the way to the ground with no effort, this could be a serious issue.
Try troubleshooting brakes without driving on a public road: do the brakes feel spongy or soft?
If they do, you should take it to a repair shop, even if you still have braking power. This is because spongy brakes can indicate a brake fluid leak. Finding and patching this is a job for a professional, and can be dangerous if not repaired.
Brake Problems Are Scary But Solvable
Brake problems are many drivers’ worst nightmare but they are solvable. We hope that our tips help you solve three problems that you may encounter.
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