Signs of Brake Problems & What's Causing Them - Subaru Service Questions in Shingle Springs, CA

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The brakes are some of the most important safety features in your vehicle, so it's a good idea to make sure they're always in good shape. In addition to regular inspections and brake pad changes, this means that you should also look out for potential problems that might show up in between service appointments. Below are six common symptoms of brake problems. If you're experiencing any of them, don't take any chances: head to an authorized Subaru service center right away.

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5. Illuminated ABS Light

The ABS, or Anti-lock Brake System, is designed to make stopping the vehicle quicker and safer. If you've ever had to come to a quick stop on gravel or a hill, you might have felt and heard the telltale pulsing of the ABS. Before ABS existed, the best way to come to a quick stop was by manually pulsing the brakes so that the wheels didn't lock up and send the car into a skid. ABS does this much more efficiently than any person could. If the ABS light comes on, it means that there's a problem with this system.

4. The Brake Pedal Feels Soft

When you press down on your brake pedal, it should feel firm. If it feels soft or spongy instead, this could be a sign that air has found its way into the brake lines. This could be caused by a number of problems, but it's always a cause for concern. If the brake feels spongy, the full power of the braking system isn't being applied, and it can take you longer to stop.

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3. Your Car Shakes When Braking

This is a relatively common problem. Most of the time, it's caused by a brake rotor that has become warped. This can happen when the brake pads get too worn down, meaning that the rotors become warped by the friction of braking. Sudden sharp stops can also cause the rotors to warp and deform. While this could also be a suspension problem, it's best to get it looked at right away.

2. The Vehicle Pulls to One Side

If your car pulls to one side when you step on the brakes, it could be a sign of a bad caliper. This is a serious issue, and needs to be taken care of immediately. While a similar problem can also be caused by misaligned wheels, it's still important not to make any assumptions and have an expert address the matter right away.

1. The Brakes Squeal When You Drive

Perhaps the most common problem with brakes, brake squeal is generally easy and inexpensive to fix. Modern brake pads are usually designed with something called a wear tab. As the pad wears down, the tab reaches the rotor and makes a squeaking noise. This serves as an indication that the brake pads need to be changed. Ignore it at your peril: if you continue driving and braking with squealing brakes, the metal backing of the brake pad can soon come in contact with the rotor. If this happens, the wheels are at risk of locking up and you'll definitely need new rotors.

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