It is better to diagnose a break problem earlier than to experience losing control of your brakes along your travel. Here are some measures on how to identify some of the break problems in your car.

  • Check the brake fluid if the brake light is on.
  • A high pitched scraping or squealing noise that goes away when you step on the brake tells you that the brake pads are worn — only detected when there is a wear sensor attached on breaks.
  • Note that a grinding, metal-against-metal sound when braking indicates that: Your brake pads or shoes are completely worn and you are now ruining the rotors or drums. You should check your breaks earlier.
  • If the brake pedal is soft or mushy or gets harder and higher when you pump it, you might need to bleed the brakes.
  • Take note: You might be in need of a new brake master cylinder if the brake pedal slowly sinks to the floor when you step on it.
  • If the brakes squeal, you might need new brake pads while your drive your car at low speed and you step on the brakes, the brake rotors might need to be resurfaced or machined.
  • You might have insufficient hydraulic pressure in one part of the brake system, or one brake might be sticking if your car pulls to one side when braking. Front-end problems can also cause this symptom.
  • If you feel a pulsation when stepping on the brake pedal, particularly when braking at higher speeds you rotors might be defective. Your car might have warped brake rotors. The rotors will need to be either machined or replaced.
  • Once your car has smoking brakes which is usually accompanied by a very bad smell it indicates a stuck brake caliper or wheel cylinder. It may also be caused by driving with the hand brake on or by a stuck hand-brake cable.