How To Tell When Your Brakes Are Going Bad

Author Name – Ben Garner

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Your brakes are one of the most important components of your car, as they allow you to slow down and stop when necessary. It's important to know when your brakes are starting to go bad, so you can have them serviced before they fail completely.

In this blog post, we'll discuss some of the signs that your car brakes are going bad, and what you can do about it.

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Signs that your brakes are going bad

Squealing or grinding noise

One of the most obvious signs that your brakes are going bad is a squealing or grinding noise when you apply the brakes. This noise is often caused by worn brake pads or shoes, which can cause metal to rub against metal. If you hear this noise, it's important to have your brakes inspected and serviced as soon as possible.

At National, we offer a FREE brake check. For more information and to book, click the button below.

Free Brake Check

Vibrations or pulsations

If you feel vibrations or pulsations in the brake pedal or steering wheel when you apply the brakes, it's a sign that your brakes are starting to go bad. This can be caused by warped or damaged brake rotors, which can affect the smooth operation of your brakes.

If you experience this, it's important to have your brakes checked immediately to prevent further damage.

We will check your brakes during a car safety inspection, alongside many other safety features on your vehicle. To book a car safety inspection, click the link below.

Safety Inspection

Soft or spongy brake pedal

If your brake pedal feels soft or spongy when you apply the brakes, it's a sign that there may be air in the brake lines, or that your brake fluid may be low. This can affect the performance of your brakes, making it harder to stop your car when needed.

If you experience this, it's important to have your brakes inspected and serviced to ensure they are working correctly.

For more information on a soft brake pedal, click the link below.

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Longer stopping distances

If you notice that your car is taking longer to stop than usual, it's a sign that your brakes may be going bad. This can be caused by worn brake pads or shoes, or by a loss of hydraulic pressure in the brake system.

If you experience this, it's important to have your brakes inspected and serviced as soon as possible, to ensure your safety on the road.

To book your car for a service, click the button below.

Servicing

Dashboard warning light

Most modern cars have a dashboard warning light that will illuminate when there is a problem with the brake system. If you see this light come on, it's important to have your brakes inspected and serviced immediately. Ignoring this warning could result in a complete brake failure, which could be extremely dangerous.

What to do if you suspect your brakes are going bad

If you notice any of the above signs that your brakes are going bad, taking action immediately is important. Here are some steps you can take.

Schedule a brake inspection

The first thing you should do is schedule a FREE brake inspection at your local branch. They will be able to diagnose the problem and recommend the necessary repairs.

To find your nearest branch, click the button below.

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Have your brakes serviced

If our mechanic determines that your brakes are going bad, they will likely recommend having them serviced. This may include replacing worn brake pads or shoes, resurfacing or replacing brake rotors, or flushing and replacing brake fluid.

You can easily book a brake service online with National. To book, click the link below.

Brake Service

Follow the maintenance schedule

To prevent your brakes from going bad in the first place, it's important to follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule. This may include having your brakes inspected and serviced at regular intervals, as well as replacing brake fluid on a regular basis.

For more tips on how to maintain your brakes, click the link below.

Brake Maintenance

Your car brakes are a crucial component of your vehicle, and it's important to know when they are starting to go bad. By paying attention to the signs discussed in this blog post, you can take action to have your brakes serviced before they fail completely.

If you're ever in doubt about the condition of your brakes, it's always best to err on the side of caution and have them inspected by one of our excellent technicians!

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