Signs You Need New Brakes

Flooded road- stop sign into water - signs you need new brakes

If you were on this road, you would want to have some peace-of-mind knowing that you could stop! By staying in-tune with your car, you can be sure your brakes work.

When it comes to safety systems, none is more vital than the braking system. Responsible for slowing down and stopping to prevent an accident, the braking system is one of the more complicated items to maintain. The brake pads don’t wear at a given rate, instead depending on where and how you drive. Fortunately there are a few signs they need attending to. Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we know all of the signs you need new brakes and will be happy to help in any way we can!

Signs You Need New Brakes:

  1. Sound – If you hear a squealing or high-pitched screeched when you hit the brakes, make a service appointment immediately. That sound is caused by metal scraping metal and indicates that the brake pads are nearly gone. For your safety and the safety of others, have your brake pads replaced sooner rather than later.
  2. View – In most vehicles, you can look through the wheel spokes to see the brake pad. The outer portion will be pushed up against the rotor. If the pad looks to have less than a quarter inch remaining, make a service appointment.
  3. Feel – If it takes a while to slow down, the brake pads are likely worn down and are becoming unresponsive. On the other hand, if the pedal sinks to the floor, it’s a sign that there’s a leak somewhere in the braking system. Either way, it’s important to have a technician inspect your brakes.

How Anti-Lock Brakes Work

Anti-lock brakes come standard on most vehicles these days, but most people don’t know the principles behind them. Here’s a brief rundown on how anti-lock brakes work.

Anti-lock brakes function on the assumption that skidding wheels have less traction than wheels that are rolling. If your wheels keep rolling when you push your brakes—that is, if they don’t lock up—you’ll have more control over the wheels and be able to stop more safely.

how anti-lock brakes work

So anti-lock brakes use an automatic system to sense when the wheels are going to lock using speed sensors on the wheels. When you decelerate quickly or in an unexpected way, the sensors send information to the valve and pump, which decreases pressure to the brakes until it accelerates, then increases pressure until it decelerates. This helps the brakes slow down at the same rate as the car.

The ABS system will keep the brakes close to the point of locking, so that you have as much braking power as possible without the wheels actually locking up. So you can still stop quickly with ABS brakes, but they won’t let your wheels lock more quickly than your car can stop, which would lead to skidding.

For more information on anti-lock brakes, don’t hesitate to contact our Service & Parts team here at Wiesner of Huntsville and we’d be happy to help you!