What is wrong with my brakes?
A simple, yet complicated question. What is exactly wrong with my brakes?
Understanding the standard automotive brake system is important to diagnosing brake problems. Identifying key issues like scratching, screeching, and unusual responses will help in determining the brake problem at hand.
Scratching & Screeching
- The most common benign cause of scratching and screeching is rust on rotors and drums
- When a vehicle sites for long periods of time in humid or wet weather, oxidation occurs, forming rust.
- If you hear grinding or growing when applying the brakes, look for grooves in your brake disc rotors from worn brake pads and shoes.
- Inspect the I wear indicators on your disc pads and check for forms of rust.
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