Here’s everything you need to know about the tell-tale signs of defective brakes and how to complete an inspection.
As a driver, staying responsive to subtle changes in the car’s performance and comfort can help you stay on top of various servicing issues. If you notice any of the following symptoms with your vehicle, you should investigate the brakes ASAP.
Other possible symptoms include spongy and soft brakes or particularly bumpy braking experiences. Once you notice a problem, a quick response is necessary.
If you feel that there is an issue with your brakes, it’s important to test both the brakes and the pads. To inspect the disc brake, you should check that the face is still shiny with only small visible lines. Any clear grooves and loss of shine suggest that the disc has been damaged by general wear and tear. It needs replacing.
The brake pads facing the disc should be at least 1/8” in thickness. If they have been worn beyond this point, you should replace them ASAP. If you cannot see your brakes properly, you may need to remove the wheel before completing the visual inspection.