You might think that brake problems are pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people have no clue there’s something wrong with their brakes! In Puyallup, WA, at Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech, we get plenty of cars in our shop that have brake problems that have gone way too long and are now pretty expensive to fix. Here are some signs that you’re headed for brake failure:
- Screeching, grinding noises -- Keep your ears attuned to any metallic grinding, squealing or screeching noises from your wheels. Noises like that mean that your brakes are worn down to their steel backing plate, which is now dragging against the brake rotors...and that dragging means that you’re not only compromising safety, but you’re about to spend a lot more on repairing your brakes in Puyallup, WA.
- Vibration -- Do you feel a pulsing or vibrating sensation through the brake pedal? Or are you noticing a vibration or shimmy through the steering wheel? That could mean worn brakes or warped brake rotors. Time to have a professional look at your brakes in Puyallup, WA, at a qualified repair shop like Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech.
- Excessive brake pedal travel -- Does the brake pedal feel “spongy” or “squishy” underfoot? Do you have to push the pedal down farther until it actually engages? This is a sign of a pretty serious problem with your brakes. In Puyallup, WA we see this from time to time, and it means one thing -- a dangerous, potentially lethal vehicle that is incapable of stopping in time to avoid an accident.
- Pulling to one side -- If you notice that your vehicle wants to dive to one side or the other when you apply the brakes, this can be a sign of a problem. It may not be brake wear, but it could indicate that your brakes are in need of adjustment; either way, it’s an indication that you don’t have optimum control over the vehicle while braking.
If you’re experiencing any of these problems, it’s time to make an appointment and have someone look at your brakes. In Puyallup, WA, we’d like to be that “someone,” at Sea Tac Tire & Auto. We’ve got decades of experience, and we have trained technicians on staff to deal with any brake issues you might be having!