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How can I tell if my brakes need attention?
Signs to look out for when using your brakes include a grinding noise when you apply the brakes or a pull to the left or right. The grinding normally means that brake pads are excessively worn and need to be replaced along with the damaged brake discs. A pull to the left or right is normally indicative of a sticking or seized mechanical or hydraulic component.
You may also feel a continuous “pulsating” from the pedal or a “spongy” feeling. This spongy feeling indicates that there is air in the hydraulic system due to a brake fluid leak. The “pulsating” feel is normally associated with a distorted brake disc or drum.
Also an illuminated brake warning light on the instrument panel or if your handbrake is pulling up higher than it normally does – in modern cars, more than 6 to 8 clicks.
If you notice any of these symptoms it’s vital for your safety that your vehicle is inspected immediately.