Your vehicle's most paramount safety feature is without a doubt its braking system. As the anchor is to a ship, so are brakes the chief source of deceleration, making it the foremost line of defense against mechanical injury. It, therefore, goes without saying that your vehicle's brakes should in optimum operating condition as any divergence would mean harm to the occupants of your car.

The following are the top 6 signs that your braking system needs urgent attention:

1. Unusual sounds when braking.

Oftentimes, this is the first of many telltale signs. If your car produces squeamish sounds upon pressing on the brake pedal, consider this a warning signal that the pads should be checked as they could be worn out.

2. If your brake pads appear thin.

Brake pads are those odd-looking pieces of metal that are visible through the spaces of your wheel spokes. As a rule of thumb, brake pads should not be thinner than 1/4 inch. If they appear to be any thinner by observation, then it's time for a brake pad replacement.

3. Accumulation of dust.

Occasionally, check your wheel for the amount of brake dust that has accumulated. A glaring absence of this brake dust is a sign that your brake pads have undergone a significant amount of wear and tear and need replacement.

4. Spongy/unresponsive brake pedal.

If your brake pedal somehow feels spongy, is slow to respond when pressed or you find yourself having to press down further than usual, then this is a flashing sign that your vehicle needs brake service.

5. Vibrating steering wheel.

If your steering wheel vibrates upon application of brakes, it could be a sign that your brake pads are worn off. However, this could also happen for a multiplicity of other reasons, so kindly have that checked.

Please do not wait for any of these signs to become evident. If you do, however, notice any of these signs, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today for quality brake service.

Written by AC Auto Service Center