Safety First! 4 Signs of Brake Failure

Safety First! 4 Signs of Brake FailureYour ability to stop your vehicle relies on a system that needs regular maintenance. If that maintenance is forgotten, overlooked or neglected you're sure to experience some issues that will cause your vehicle to become difficult to stop, which may lead to an accident causing damage to your vehicle and yourself or passengers. If you experience any of these serious signs of brake trouble be sure to have the problem checked out. Brakes are an integral part of complete vehicle function and deserve your full attention.

Grinding Noises

One of the first things you will likely encounter if your brakes are on their way out is a grinding or squealing noise that occurs when you apply the brakes. This will happen for a couple different reasons. The first being that some brake pads are designed with a mechanism designed to make the noise as they get close to the end of their road life. The other reason is because the pads are completely worn away and metal is grinding on metal, greatly hindering your ability to brake effectively.

Vehicle Vibrations

Another issue with brakes happens if the rotors or drums become warped. This can be caused by extreme heat, minor collisions and various other reasons. A warped rotor or drum means there is not a flat surface for the pads to rub against, causing the vehicle to vibrate as you slow down. The vibrations will usually be felt in the brake pedal or the steering wheel.

Soft Brake Pedal

If your brake pedal is easily pushed to the floor without much reaction from the brakes this is a good indication that your brake pads are pretty worn out. However this could be caused by a more serious issue such as air in the brake line or even a brake fluid leak. The latter requires immediate attention.


Does your vehicle try to jerk to the left or the right as you slow? This is likely caused by uneven brake pad wear and is a serious vehicle control issue. Other reasons this may happen include impurities in the brake fluid or a stuck wheel cylinder.

If you experience any trouble braking don't delay visiting your local auto repair shop. For professional brake repair in Newberg come see the friendly team at Doran Automotive. For more than 25 years we've been helping the community keep their cars and trucks running, shifting and stopping like new. Call Doran Automotive at (503) 476-3892 to schedule an appointment for superior auto repair in Newberg today.

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