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4 Screeching Signs Your Car's Brakes May be Failing

Although there are a number of problems that can occur in your vehicle, brake issues are some of the most dangerous issues that a car owner can face. If you face brake issues, it’s important that you get your brakes fixed as soon as possible. Here are four signs that your car’s brakes may be falling and need to be serviced as soon as possible.

Your Brake Light is on

If your brake light appears on your vehicle’s dashboard, it’s usually time for it to be inspected by a certified technician. Although it can be due to your car’s electronic problem, it’s usually something wrong with your brakes. However, it’s usually best to drive down to your local garage and get your car serviced to figure out what’s wrong.

Strange Noises When You’re Stopping

If your car is making strange noises, such as chirping and grinding noises, it’s typically a sign that your brakes need repair. Normally, these noises are due to worn down brake pads and need to be replaced. However, this will usually appear on your dashboard with a wear indicator. But, if you don’t replace your brake pads soon, it will cause further problems down the road.

Leaking Fluid

Another red flag of a brake problem is leaking fluid. A soft brake pedal may be caused by fluid leaking from the master cylinder or somewhere else in the brake system. The master cylinder gives your brakes power and has a reservoir for brake fluid. When you hit the brakes, fluid is pushed through the system creating hydraulic pressure. If the fluid is leaking, however, there may not be enough of it to power the brakes.

Wobbling and Vibrating

If you feel the steering wheel shake or vibrate when you brake, the car may have an uneven rotor. The rotors are discs inside the wheels that rub against the brake pads to slow them down and the vehicle. Over time, the rotor can become uneven and rough. They can also develop rust. When you get brake service, the rotor will be smoothed and even out to remedy any flaws.


There are a number of problems that can cause your brakes to fail. From strange noises to wobbling or scraping, hopefully, the signs mentioned above can teach you what to look out for when your car’s brakes may be failing.

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