You’re driving down the freeway at high speed, and suddenly see red lights in front of you. Your instincts kick in, and you step on the brakes. Depending on your speed and the number of cars in front of you, you’ll probably have to hit the brakes quite hard, producing an agonising sound that causes your heart to lurch into your throat. Is this a sound of a functional brake under pressure or one that’s not working as it should? Here’s how to tell.

Music To Your Ears

Most drivers wait for their annual car service to fix any problems our car might have, which can lead to you driving with a fault for longer than you should and putting your safety (and the safety of others) at risk. Just as the human body has different symptoms for different illnesses, your brakes produce different sounds with different faults. Knowing what each sound means can help you determine when to visit a car service garage in South Auckland. Here are three problematic brake sounds and what they could mean:

  • Vibrations could cause a squeaking sound during braking due to a loose component in your brake system. This can be fixed quickly and easily at your nearest service station.
  • If your brakes may make a noise not long after you’ve had them replaced, it could be caused by residual dust or dirt in the system, which should disappear in time.
  • When brakes make a loud grinding noise, it could mean that your brake pads have worn down severely, causing metal to touch metal. This requires immediate attention.

When To Visit A Professional

As a driver, there’s no way of knowing if a squeak is a significant problem or something you could leave for a while. That is why it’s so important to check all sounds out as soon as you get a chance.

Knowing what some of the noises mean gives you some knowledge into your vehicles mechanisms and allows you to know what’s urgent and what’s not. You don’t have to wait for a car service to get your brakes checked out. Visit Drury Tires in South Auckland, and we’ll troubleshoot your car’s brakes for you.