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Buying and Selling Autos and Auto Accessories

Yo! My name is Greg and this is my auto blog. A warm welcome to all the readers out there on the worldwide web. I decided to start this blog because the other night when I was lying in bed unable to sleep, I suddenly realised that I am a guy with a lot to give and that now was the time to start giving it. Although I am not a professional auto person, over the years, I have picked up a lot of useful info about how to buy, sell, maintain and modify different types of automobile. I hope you enjoy my blog.


Buying and Selling Autos and Auto Accessories

A Few Tips for Diagnosing Brake Problems in Your Vehicle

Henry Obrien

Never overlook or ignore brake problems in your car, even if they seem somewhat minor. For one thing, brake problems won't just fix themselves over time! Also, those problems are likely to get worse so that the brakes may simply go out completely, even while you're on the road. Obviously, this is dangerous and potentially deadly, for you and other drivers. Note a few tips for diagnosing brake problems in your vehicle, so you have an idea of what may need to be fixed:

Soft brakes

Soft brakes refer to the brake pedal virtually reaching the floor before the brakes engage. Try pumping the brake pedal; if this seems to build up pressure in the brakes, the brake lines may have a leak. This leak allows air in and out of the lines so that there is not enough pressure to move fluid through the lines. Pumping the brakes then builds up that pressure, so the brakes engage. The lines need replacing when they've developed a leak. The master cylinder, which stores brake fluid, may also have a leak and may need replacing.

The brakes also have what is called a power booster, which controls the power of fluid and the pressure used to push that fluid through the lines. If the power booster is failing, this can cause soft brakes.

Brake pedal vibrates

If the brake pedal vibrates all the time, this could be a problem with the car's tyres not being properly aligned. However, if the brake pedal vibrates only when you apply the brakes, this often means a brake pad is slipping and not gripping a rotor evenly, causing this vibration. The callipers may also be failing so that they don't squeeze all the brake pads evenly, and the brake pedal will vibrate because of this uneven pressure. Worn brakes pads can also grip the rotors unevenly, or cause the brakes to overheat when applied, which can cause the pedal to vibrate.

Grinding sound and feeling

If you apply the brakes and hear a grinding sound, and especially if you feel what resembles metal grinding against metal, this is very serious; the brake pads may be totally worn away so that the metal of the brake lining is rubbing against the metal rotor. The brakes can seize up or fail outright when you hear this sound, and especially if you can actually feel metal grinding against metal as the brakes are applied. Never drive your car, even a short distance, when there is any sound or sensation of metal grinding.

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