How to Prevent Brake Failure

What do you do to slow or stop your vehicle? Step down on the brake pedal, of course. But, the brake system is a lot more complex than a simple pedal. It involves many parts to produce the pressure necessary to slow down your wheels’ rotation. Over time, these parts will wear down and need service. 


Typically, you can tell when your brakes are going bad using your senses. Fortunately, brakes show early signs of weakness like squeals and squeaks. With routine and regular brake service, you shouldn’t find your brakes fail abruptly. Otherwise, failing brakes can be very frightening and put you and your loved ones at risk of an accident. 


Below are some of the symptoms of bad or failing brakes:

  • Brake warning light or ABS light illuminated on dashboard
  • Squealing, squeaking, or grinding noises
  • Spongy brake pedal
  • Shaky or vibrating brake pedal
  • Brake pedal goes straight down to the floor
  • Car pulls to one side when braking
  • Brake pedal feels stiff and hard to press

As soon as you notice any of the red flags above, it's important that you bring your car, SUV, or truck to Tom’s Auto Center ASAP for an inspection.  At Tom’s Auto Center, we can help you avoid these types of scary situations with regular maintenance and inspections. Our auto repair shop can take care of everything from brake fluid, brake pads, and brake shoes, to brake calipers and even ABS. 


The wear and tear on your braking system can progress quite quickly, so it is important that you take action as soon as possible. We promise that when you take your car to our shop that we’ll have you back on the road safely. 


If you need reliable brake repair, we welcome you to call or visit the professionals at Tom’s Auto Center today. Feel free to schedule your appointment using our online form.