Seven Signs You Need a Brake Inspection Right Away

Generally, the brakes on your automobile should be inspected every 12,000 miles. This gives auto technicians the chance to replace any failing parts so you can avoid brake trouble. York Tire & Auto Service would be happy to inspect your brakes if you notice any of the following problems. If you do, it’s important to bring your vehicle to our shop as soon as possible.

1. Brake Warning Light

If your Brake light turns on while you are driving, this is a sign that the brakes are having problems. The same is true with the ABS light. The only difference is the ABS light is reporting a problem with your vehicle’s anti-lock brake system.

2. Brakes That Overheat

Overheating brakes are a sign that the brake system is overdue for service. Signs that the brakes are overheating include squealing sounds every time you use the brakes and burning odors such as carpets or chemicals. Don’t drive with overheating brakes.

3. Braking Noises

Strange sounds coming from the brakes are also an indication that the brake system needs to be serviced. For example, if you hear grinding noises coming from the brakes, the brake pad surfaces have likely worn down to the backings.

4. Leaking Brake Fluid

Your brakes can start to leak their crucial fluid if the master cylinder is going bad or the brake lines are old. Brake fluid tends to leak around the wheels, so you might see brown or red spots near the tires. Leaking brakes can make stopping your vehicle difficult.

5. Pulling to the Side

Sometimes, you end up with a stuck caliper that causes your car, truck, or C/SUV to pull to one side when you press down on the brake pedal. We can inspect the caliper to see if can be repaired or needs to be replaced.

6. Squishy Brake Pedal

Your brake pedal may also change the resistance it gives you if the brake system is suffering. The pedal might feel squishy underneath your foot and sink all the way to the floor. The master cylinder could be the problem or the brake lines.

7. Strange Vibration

Finally, if your automobile starts to vibrate when you apply the brakes, you likely have rotor surfaces that are no longer cut properly. Recutting the surfaces can solve this problem.

York Tire & Auto Service is the best auto service shop in Red Lion, PA, so call us today to schedule a brake service appointment for your automobile if you are having any of the brake problems listed above.


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