Are Your Vehicle’s Brakes OK?

image with text are your vehicle's brakes ok?

Not everyone is a car expert, but figuring out whether your brakes are beginning to fail isn’t that difficult. Not every vehicle has a warning light that pops up when there is an issue with your wheels or brake system. The following symptoms may tell you that it’s time to get to the mechanic.

Symptoms of Failing Brake Systems

  • The vehicle pulls to one side when braking instead of stopping straight;
  • Brake pedal is soft/mushy or very difficult to depress;
  • Brakes must be pumped to work properly;
  • Wheels are excessively hot after short drives;
  • Jerky stops when brakes are applied;
  • Brakes squeal;
  • Brakes grind with continuous loud metallic noise when applied.

When Your Brakes Fail

Think all the way back to driver’s ed. Did you learn about what to do when your brakes fail? Depending on the way you learned to drive, you may have no idea what to do if your brake system fails. If you leave brake issues for too long, this could happen. However, if you do find yourself unable to stop, quickly shift into neutral and pull your emergency brake–that’s what it’s there for!

Just Replaced Your Brake Pads?

Sometimes, the type of driving you do the most impacts how long your brake pads last. Any performance that causes the brake pads to heat up above normal operating temperatures will cause them to wear out more quickly. Some of these include:

  • stop and go traffic;
  • mountainous terrain;
  • aggressive driving (speeding up quickly and halting quickly);
  • hauling heavy loads frequently;
  • towing;
  • delivery vehicles.

Contact the auto repair experts at Performance Auto for more information about keeping your car in the best shape.


  1. Thanks for bringing to my attention that jerky stops can indicate that your brakes are having issues. My car hasn’t been stopping very smoothly, and it tends to get worse when I have to stop really quickly. The brakes are critical for driving safely, so I think it’s best if I take my car to a professional to have the brakes replaced.

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