Are my Brakes Bad? How to know if your brakes are bad

Are my brakes bad?  How to know if your brakes are bad? Ensuring the proper function of your vehicle’s braking system is paramount for safety. Here are vital signs that your brakes may be compromised and require immediate professional attention

Unusual Noises Coming from Brakes

Persistent squealing, squeaking, or grinding sounds when brakes are applied often indicate worn brake pads or other underlying issues that need urgent review. Strange brake sounds should not be ignored until ensuring that they are safe by our trained mechanics at Master Tech.

Brake Issue Dashboard Warning Lights

Modern vehicles are equipped with brake system sensors that illuminate warning lights on the dashboard. This is a crucial alert that should not be ignored. This may be a feature of your car, but should not be solely relied upon and regular inspections are important to keep your automobile safe.  

Spongy or Depressed Brake Pedal

A brake pedal that feels unusually soft or requires excessive pressure to engage may suggest issues such as air in the brake lines, fluid leaks, or a failing master cylinder.  If your brakes feel different than you are accustomed to, it is best to have them inspected.

Vehicle Vibration or Pulling When Braking

Experiencing vibrations or the vehicle pulling to one side during braking can signify uneven rotor wear, misalignment, or other critical problems within the braking system.  This more obvious indicator of worn or malfunctioning brakes is crucial to have a Master Tech mechanic inspect for safety and reliability. 

Increased Stopping Distance When Braking

If you notice a significant increase in the distance your vehicle requires to come to a complete stop, it likely means that the brake pads are worn or there are other faults hindering brake efficiency.  This dangerous situation can be compounded by weather conditions, speed of the vehicle and the grade of the road. You should have your brakes checked immediately.

Burning Smell During Braking

A sharp, chemical odor emanating from your wheels after braking can indicate overheated brakes or clutch problems, requiring prompt assessment. Assessing this early can reduce additional damage to your vehicle and increase the safety of your car.

Brake Pedal Pulsation

A pulsating brake pedal, especially under consistent braking conditions, often points to warped rotors that need resurfacing or replacement. You can often see the wear on the rotors, but this should not be solely relied upon.  Our mechanics will take an accurate measurement to determine the proper course of action.

For your safety and the safety of others on the road, it is imperative to address any of these warning signs without delay to ensure your brakes are not bad. Schedule a comprehensive brake inspection with a Master Tech to ensure your braking system remains in top condition by calling  (719) 892-7003 or visiting