Tips For Diagnosing A Brake Problem That Requires Service

Think that something is wrong with your brakes and are not sure if it requires servicing? Here are some signs to look out for that can help identify a brake problem.

Identify Where The Vibrations Are Coming From

Pay attention to how the vehicle is shaking when you apply the brakes. You'll typically feel the vibrating more as the brakes get used and become hot, and the area where the vibrating is coming from typically tells you which brakes are having problems. If you feel that vibration in the steering wheel, then it is likely a problem with the front brakes. If you feel it in the seat, then it's likely a problem with the rear brakes. This can help you tell a mechanic where the problem is coming from to help repair the problem.

Check The Rotors For Warping

The rotor braking service is going to look odd if you have an overheating issue from something such as a sticking caliper piston. You'll see discoloration on the surface at first glance, which is a common indication of a warped surface. This warped surface is likely what is causing the pulsation that you feel every time you hit your brakes. 

Check The Flex Hose

There is a hose that connects to the brakes that allow the brake fluid to flow into it. If this hose is crimped or damaged in any way, it could be preventing the brakes from getting the brake fluid they need to apply even pressure. Consider replacing the hoses with a new one to prevent this from happening.

Look For Dimples

Do you see dimples in your rotor? These are typically known as rust pits, which form when a vehicle collects moisture on the braking surface and gets into the porous material. When you start driving, the outer portion of the rust will come off and leave those pits behind. This can also lead to loud noises and pulsation as you use the brakes. 

Check The Piston

The piston is the device that is going to push down on the brake pad and apply pressure to your brakes to make the vehicle stop. If that piston is having problems where it is freezing up, it may not release the pressure evenly and could be the cause for pulsating or vibrating. The piston will need to be inspected and then be repaired or replaced if it is having issues releasing pressure once the brakes are applied. 

Reach out to a local auto brake service for more questions about your brakes and what could be wrong with them.