When something seems amiss with your brakes, pay close attention. Even a single malfunction could mean the difference between a safe drive home and an accident. If you hear these odd noises alongside impaired stopping, bring your vehicle in for brake service.
3 Sounds That Indicate the Need for Brake Service
When you hit the brakes and notice a grinding sound, the best case scenario is that a pebble has infiltrated and blocked up the braking system. It can be easily extracted. However, it’s more likely that the brake pads have deteriorated and are rubbing against the rotor, in which case you’ll need new ones.
The only time you should ignore an unpleasant squealing sound associated with your brakes is if the pads have just been replaced—it can happen for a few days afterward. But in all other cases, it’s a sign you need brake service. When brake pads have worn down, their built-in system of steel clips squeals when the steel backing becomes exposed. It’s also possible that the brake calipers have become stuck, hardening the pads into a constant braking position.
Rattling can indicate a variety of issues. There may be a loose disc or unanchored pads, or your car may even have the wrong brake pads. Hearing it once is usually nothing to worry about, but if it recurs, head to an auto shop.
The next time you hear a suspicious noise when braking, head over to Precision Auto Repair in Kailua-Kona, HI. In business since 2010, the brake service specialist has certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence® and RepairPal. Make an appointment by calling (808) 329-7223, and learn more about their warranties and services by visiting their website. Keep an eye out for Ricky Dollars in the Keola Magazine and Best of Kona feature to get $10 off any repair over $50.