This is what you should do if you need brakes. Number one is have your brakes inspected by a professional. Take it to the professional mechanic that’s going to perform the service. Inspect your front break pads for wear, and your calipers for any damage or leakage. Also inspect your break hoses and your front rotors (discs) for thickness and/or damage.. On the rear breaks, if you have drum brakes, inspect your brake shoes, return springs, and your wheel cylinder for leakage and your drums for thickness. It’s a good idea to have the break fluid flushed and install new clean fluid for longevity the of your brakes.
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What are the symptoms of brake failure?
They can differ, depending on the type of brake system you have. Get them at least properly checked when you see the first symptom.
Signs of auto brake problems include:
- If you hear noises from your brakes. (squeaking sounds)
- If your brake pedal pulsates (if you apply the brake pedal and it vibrates)
- The brake pedal feels very soft or spongy or requires you to pump it
- It takes longer to get a response from the brakes (a bad sign if there ever is one)
- grabbing or pulling as you push the brake pedal
If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you should get your vehicle to a qualified garage or trusted independent mechanic as soon as possible. Do not delay this because none of these symptoms is apt to improve miraculously on their own. If anything, such problems will get worse; some of them will worsen quickly.