Symptoms of bad brakes

Drag – sticking brakes, hot wheels or engine which seems to have lost power, auto brakes may be failing to release; the condition can reverse itself, leaving you with no brakes at all, this would indicate brakes service is needed.

Pull – vehicle pulls to one side when brakes are applied, may be under-inflated tire, misadjusted brakes or brakes are in need of car brakes repair.

Hard pedal – requires extreme pressure to make brakes function can indicate power brake trouble, restricted hydraulic lines, frozen calipers or wheel cylinders, or damaged brake linings.

Brake lights – red indicates a problem as simple as the parking brake on, or low fluid, to something as serious as a hydraulic system failure. Yellow indicates deactivation of your abs system while your brakes should work, it does require inspection at the first opportunity.

Vibration – brake pedal, steering wheel or entire vehicle shakes, vibrates or pulsates when brake is applied may indicate need to resurface disc brake rotors – or signal a serious problem of a loose component or faulty steering mechanism.

Squeal – brakes should operate with a minimal amount of noise, some noise is normal but excessive squeal, screech, grinding, groaning, chatter, clatter or bang means your brakes need of car brakes repair.

Low pedal – pedal nearly touches floorboard before brakes function may activate your brake warning lightm problem may require a simple adjustment – or indicate something much more serious.

Grab – “touchy” brakes that grab with the least pressure may indicate a problem as simple as grease or oil contaminated linings – or as serious as loose or broken component ready to fail in an emergency.