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Reliable brakes go a long way in keeping you safe on winter roads. As a matter of fact, your brakes must be in top shape to offer the best possible braking to guarantee your safety and comfort while driving on ice and snow. The expert technicians at Auto Mécano have put together this short guide about the eight most common brake problems to watch out for.

The brake system warning light is on

If your brake system warning light comes on, don’t panic. This light appears if your handbrake is engaged. Therefore, try releasing the handbrake to fix the problem. If this doesn’t work, visit your nearest Auto Mécano to get to the root of the problem.

Your brakes are making loud noises

Whether it’s a squealing, screeching or hissing sound, it needs to be fixed! Possible causes can range from worn brake pads, a dusty brake system, worn or rusty rotors, friction between the pads and rotors or even rotors touching the caliper.In any case, you should have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible.

It takes a long time to stop

 Increased braking distance is directly related to the loss of efficiency of your brakes, which can be explained by premature wear of the brake pads or abnormal deformation of the brake discs. This problem should not be taken lightly! Consequently, you should take your vehicle to the nearest mechanic to get fixed.

Your vehicle slides to the right or left when braking

Does your vehicle pull to the right or left when braking? If so, you likely have an issue with your brake callipers. This issue must be dealt with as soon as possible.

Your brake pedal vibrates when you press it

If your brake pedal shakes or vibrates when you press down on it, the brake discs may be worn out or deformed. Depending on the degree of wear, the discs may need to be smoothed or completely replaced. A certified technician can advise you on the best course of action.

Your vehicle is leaking fluid

A leaky brake line is a major warning sign. If you often see liquid pooled underneath your vehicle, consider making an appointment with one of Auto Mécano’s expert technicians to fix the issue.

The brake pedal feels too tight or too loose

Does your brake pedal feel extremely stiff or way too loose? If so, your brake fluid may be contaminated with water, air or dust. A qualified technician can bleed the brake fluid to solve the issue.

You smell something burning

If you notice a burning smell coming from your brakes, either your brake pads are badly damaged, or your brake fluid has leaked onto your brakes, causing them to overheat. Make an appointment with a mechanic to fix the issue before it gets out of hand and compromises your safety.

Your vehicle’s brakes are an important safety feature. Consequently, don’t wait for them to fail. Keep an eye out for these eight warning signs and have your brakes regularly inspected by the expert technicians at Auto Mécano.


Happy New Year and safe driving!
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