A Brake Troubleshooting Guide
Brake problems are serious and need to be taken care of as soon as you suspect there is a problem by doing some brake troubleshooting.
Check Brake Fluid Levels
At the instance that there’s a need for you to step down on the brake a little further before the car stops, then it might mean that the brake fluid needs to be replenished. Simply check your brake fluid reservoir located at the back part of the engine bay and see if there’s enough fluid. If there isn’t enough, simply top it off up to the mark indicated on the side of the brake fluid reservoir.
Contaminated brake fluids can cause your brake problems. Air and water can enter the system through the smallest hole and can cause the brakes to falter. Checking for this won’t be easy, but what you can do is drain your brake fluid and replace it with new fluid.
When the brake makes a noise, or if the brakes are making a squealing sound when you step on them, it might mean the brake pads need replacing because they’re worn down. The easiest way to do this is to get new brake pads that match your own and to replace the old ones. A tip when replacing the old brake pads with new ones is to always replace them one wheel at a time, as you’d want to use the other wheel as a reference for where to put all the parts.
The brake booster helps to easily apply the brakes to your car. When they go bad, you will have difficulty stopping your car. You will feel that the brake pedal is too firm when this happens or it might feel squishy. Determining this means having to attach a special vacuum device to the brake booster to see if it works well. If it does not respond, it’s necessary to replace the unit.
If you are experiencing brake fade, then the brake line might be obstructed, and the brake fluids might have difficulty going through the system. To check the brake lines it’s important to visually inspect them and see if there are any that got pinched to cause obstruction of the fluid. If there’s no pinching, it might mean there’s rust that’s clogging up the lines. If the brake line is completely damaged, you really should have it replaced.
It’s ideal to always do regular brake inspections to avoid any brake problems that might come up in the future. One very good thing to do is to check the level and color of the brake fluids. Remember that the brake fluid level should be the amount indicated on the brake fluid reservoir, and that the color of the brake fluid should be red. If it starts turning brownish, then that brake fluid needs to be replaced with new fluid as soon as possible.