Why Does My Car Pull to the Side When I Apply the Brakes?

If your car, truck, or UV pulse to the right or left when you press down on the brake pedal, Innovative Auto Service advises that you probably have a stuck caliper on that wheel. It may be time to replace the brake calipers. This service is usually performed at 60,000 miles. Pulling to the side is just one sign that your brake system needs attention. Here are other signs that your brakes are going bad.

Illuminated ABS/Brake Light

Your vehicle’s dashboard has two lights that pertain to the brake system. The ABS light covers the anti-lock brake system. The Brake light covers the parking brake and other problems. If either of these lights turns on, aside from when you have the parking brake set, your brake system needs attention.

Noises While Braking

Generally, the brake system should be inspected every 12,000 miles. This prevents worn parts such as brake pads. If we can see that the brake pads need to be replaced, we can do so right away to avoid strange noises when you apply the brakes. These noises include squealing and grinding.

Vibration While Braking

Your automobile can also vibrate when you press down on the brake pedal if the brake pads are worn out. In addition, vibration points to a possible problem with the rotors. In this case, they are warped and need to be recut. As with the calipers, this should be done every 60,000 miles.

Leaking Brown or Red Fluid

As you have seen in action films, leaking brake fluid can make it impossible to stop your automobile. If you see brown or red spots on your garage floor, it’s possible that your brake system is leaking brake fluid. Usually, these spots are located near your tires.

A Soft or Spongy Brake Pedal

You may not think about the brake pedal until it feels different underneath your foot. If it is suddenly soft or spongy, the brake lines need to be bled because they have air in them. The brake pedal can also sink to the floorboard if the master cylinder needs to be replaced.

An Overheating Brake System

Finally, we mentioned above that the brake system will squeal if you need new brake pads. It will also squeal if it is getting too hot. In addition to the noise, you will smell burning odors coming from the wheels. An overheating brake system can fail.

Innovative Auto Shop is the best auto service shop in Oklahoma City, OK. Call us today to schedule a brake inspection if you haven’t had this done in a year.

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