How To Know If Your Car Needs Brake Repair

It is important to recognise potential problems with your car brakes before they become too serious, which could end up being expensive to fix in the long run or leave your car unsafe to drive. Aside from warning lights lighting on your dashboard, which means you should take your car to an expert as soon as possible, discover some of the signs that could suggest your car needs a brake repair.

Unfamiliar sounds on your car brakes

If you hear any squeaking, grinding or high pitched sounds when applying your brakes, this could be a sign that the brake pads have worn down. If you hear any unfamiliar noise from your brakes you should take your vehicle for a brake service to avoid any further complications and prevent it becoming a bigger problem. Worn brake pads can cause damage to other brake parts or can rub against the car rotor, which could be even more expensive to fix. Get you vehicle checked by a specialist to ensure your brake pads are replaced and you can continue driving safely on the roads.

Vibrations on your brake pads

Any shaking or vibrating motions when the brakes are applied may be a cause for concern. Brakes should generally be smooth, so if you experience rattling when braking then you may have warped rotors which could reduce their effectiveness by up to 5 seconds. Pulsing sensations from the pedal or the steering wheel when applying the brakes is a sign the brakes are worn, which means the brake pads may need replacing.

Car pulling to the side

Does your car veer either left or right when you press the brakes? If so, this could be the result of an issue with the braking system. The brakes, and perhaps the brake pads, will need adjustment to stop your car swerving when you are coming to a stop. There may also be impurities in the brake fluid which you can top up during a car service at your local DCM Tyres garage in Dorset.

Burning smell

Burning smells when you brake are easy to notice. Driving for a long period of time or during harsh weather conditions can cause the braking system to overheat. The brake fluid and brake pads may need to cool down following repeated braking. Dealing with this as soon as you can smell burning will prevent the condition of your brakes worsening. Pull over and let your brakes cool down before you head off again to minimise any damage. If the burning smell persists, take your car to be checked by a mechanic.

Soft brake pedal

If your car brakes require a lot more push than usual to get your vehicle to come to a stop, this should sound a note of warning: either your brake fluid is leaking or your brake pads are worn. When your braking ability and efficiency becomes impaired, you increase the risk of being involved in an accident or needing roadside assistance. It’s essential that you are able to recognise if your braking becomes ‘soft’ so you can quickly get it fixed and avoid driving a potentially dangerous vehicle.

If you notice any of these warning signs, bring your car to your local DCM Tyres garage in Blandford Forum, Shaftesbury or Sturminster Newton where our specialists can offer a brake service to maintain the condition and performance of your car. Contact us today to book your service by emailing us at

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