Common Problems with Car Brakes

If you were to ask your colleagues about the most important part of a car, you’ll likely get a string of responses related to safety, including airbags, seatbelts and brakes. We all spend a lot of time in our cars in the hustle and bustle of modern life, so it is important to consider the safety features of our vehicles as paramount, and it is a must for any car owner to keep these efficiently maintained and secured at all times. We should never take any chances with our breaks, which can mean the difference between safety, injury or even death in the unfortunate event of a road accident. Considering this, let’s have a look at some of the most common problems associated with brakes, how to spot them and what to do about it. 

Why Brakes Can Give Problems Over Time

Think of an object you’ve been using every day of your life, or even something as simple as your favourite toy as a child. For many of us, Barbie started to look a little ragged after a few weeks of daily tea drinking, or Snuggles the Bear lost an eye or two from all the running around outside. Take a second to consider that we use our brakes almost every day of our lives. Have you considered how many trips we do over the span of a year in our cars? Wear and tear is natural, and there are a few common problems associated with this, that you can spot early, and get tended to before it becomes a bigger problem.

Common Brake Problems

While there is a long list of common brake problems, the following five are the most important to keep an eye out for:

  • Brake tension: the brake pedal starts to feel softer than usual, possibly weakening further over time;
  • Abnormal response: you feel a pulsing sensation on the brake when your foot rests on it, which is not something you experienced previously;
  • Inconsistent behavior: the car pulls to one side when you press on the brake (not something to be messed around with);
  • Steering wheel problems: the steering wheel shakes a little when you press on the brakes; 
  • Shaking Car: the entire car starts to shake when the brakes are applied. If this is the case, you may already be facing a bigger problem and should take action as soon as possible. 

Yikes, I’m experiencing one or more of these. What do I do?

When it comes to any issues related to your brakes, it’s not worth taking any chances. If you experience any of the common problems listed above, it is important for you to visit your nearest technician at a trusted workshop as soon as possible. The last thing you want to experience is brake failure while on the road with your family, or even putting someone else’s life in jeopardy because of a problem that could have been resolved with relative ease.  Your safety on the road should be priority #1, so keep your senses plugged in and your wits about you, especially when it comes to any strange sensations while using your vehicle. 

Safety Brake & Clutch should be your first stop to handle these types of issues if you’re based in the Johannesburg area. They’ll not only give you a full evaluation of your brakes, providing possible options to fix them timeously, but it also won’t break the mid-month bank either. Contact them if you’d like to learn more about what they do and the various services they offer.