How to Diagnose and Fix Brake Issues
The parts of your car that help you to stop are of same significance as those parts that make you move. No matter how fast a particular vehicle is, nobody would ever want to drive or ride it if its brakes are not working properly. As our car brakes contribute mainly to our safety, we should at least learn a thing or two on how to properly maintain, troubleshoot, and fix these brake issues.
Like other car components, the brake system also gives out warning signs to tell its driver or owner that it is in need of immediate attention. Basically, these warnings should be easy to perceive. However, there are still some car drivers and owners that tend not to notice these things. That is why, we here at Total Car Collections – one of the leading companies in the car wrecking and car removal Melbourne market – would want to help you learn about different kinds of car brake issues.
To easily diagnose if your car is currently having some brake issues, it is very important that you don’t haste on diagnosing. Be very wary about everything. Then take notes as you observe. Here are the things you need to do:
TEST YOUR PARKING BRAKE – At resting point, regardless if the engine is off or on, release your parking brake. Then use the parking brake again. If you had to pull or push the lever all the way just to let it fully engage, that means the handbrake cables are malfunctioning or worn. It’s also good if you will try to park in a declined or inclined area to see if your car will move even if the parking brake is in use.
TEST YOUR CAR BRAKES USING THE PEDALS – Park your vehicle in an empty and safe area. Turn the engine on. At a stop, press the brake pedals slowly in observe how it feels – is it spongy? Does it need to be pressed hard against the floor or does it stay firm? Now pump the pedals a bit faster and for a few times. See where the pedal returns to after doing a fast press. Now drive your car in different speeds with your windows down. Does it make sounds when you slowly or quickly hit your brakes? Does your steering wheel shake whenever you need to brake hard?
YOU MAY ALSO DO VISUAL INSPECTIONS – Lift your car up in an axle, enough for you to see the insides of the tyres and brake system. It’ll be best if you have an assistant or mate while doing this. Check if every part of the brake system is already worn. That may be the one causing problems. While observing underneath your car, spin the wheel using your hand. Then let your mate slowly hit the brakes while the wheel’s still turning. Observe the reaction and movement of the caliper, rotor, and brake pads.
After doing those tests, let us now focus on brake issues and what we could do to fix them:
LOW/SPONGY BRAKE PEDALS mean there might be contaminants in the brake line or there is insufficient brake fluid. WHAT TO DO? Check for brake fluid leak. If there isn’t any, just top up with proper brake fluid and adjust proper linkage of your pedals
STICKING BRAKES. When your brakes fail to release quickly and properly, they could mean your brake pedal springs are worn, your brakes are adjusted too tightly, or you have a sticky wheel cylinder. TO FIX IT, you may have your brakes re-adjusted, you can install new springs, or repair with new cylinder cups.
HIGH PEDAL FORCE is when your brakes need an excessive amount of force to pull up or stop. That means you have worn brake pads, frozen calipers or wheel cylinders. YOU JUST HAVE TO replace your brake pads, calipers, or cylinders.
NOISY BRAKES. When you hear squeaking, screeching, or groaning sounds every time you hit your brakes, there could be a number of reasons. The brake pads could be worn; brake drum or springs could be damaged; or the brake shoe could be twisted. ALL YOU NEED IS to replace the part that is worn or damaged.
BRAKE VIBRATION. When you feel a noticeable vibration or pulsating movement every time you apply your brakes, that means that the rotors are not parallel or all worn out. It could also be because your wheels are not properly aligned. HOW TO FIX IT? Have your disc brake rotors resurfaced and your wheels aligned.
BRAKE GRAB. If your brakes react far stronger than usual with just a very minimal amount of touch or press, that could mean your brake lines are clogged, your brake pads are contaminated, or your caliper is not aligned with the brake disc. TO REPAIR IT, just clean or replace the brake pads and lines and adjust the calipers accordingly.
If you are planning to sell you car because it’s brake system is too costly or now impossible to repair, Total Car Collections is here to your rescue. As Melbourne’s leading car buyers and car wreckers, we’ll guarantee you will get top cash for cars. You will not just enjoy the dollar you will get for your old ride, you’ll also have the chance to experience a fast and easy car removal service that’s free of charge.