It is important to have your brakes inspected by a mechanic as soon as you notice a potential problem. However, you may be unsure of some of the signs associated with a brake issue. Here are a few indications that your brakes need to be inspected as soon as possible:

Squealing and Grinding

If your brakes have started to make unusual ear-piercing noises when you press your brake pedal, there could be a problem with your brake pads or shoes. As your brake pads or shoes press against the rotors of your vehicle's wheels, friction occurs that helps stop your vehicle. However, if the padding of your brake pads or shoes has deteriorated to the point where the metal backing of the pads or shoes is revealed, the metal may be pressing against the metal of the rotors to cause the loud noises.

The metal pressing against the rotors can damage the rotors extensively. If the grooves and deep scratches that result cannot be smoothed away by having the rotor resurfaced, the rotor will require replacement.

Shaking and Vibrating

If your vehicle shakes as you press your brake pedal, it's an indication that your brake system is not functioning as efficiently as it should. You may notice that your steering wheel shivers in your hands. This is due to the vibrations felt as your car is attempting to stop without enough braking power to stop smoothly.

Breaking to the Floor Boards

If your brake pedal is being pressed to the floorboard of your vehicle as you try to stop your car or truck, you should have your brakes inspected. This softening of the brake pedal is due to a reduction in pressure.

The pressure that causes your brake pedal to feel firm is due to sufficient amounts of brake fluid in your brake line. When too little fluid is present, there is not enough pressure to cause the brake pedal to remain firm. The softening of the brake pedal can reduce the car's ability to stop efficiently.

Brake Light on Your Dashboard

If the brake warning light is appearing on your vehicle's dashboard panel, your brake fluid may be the problem.The warning light often appears when there is too little brake fluid sensed in your vehicle. This can be due to a breach in the brake line. Thus, it is best to have the brakes investigated as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing problems with your brakes or have not had your brake system inspected recently, schedule an brake repair appointment with a mechanic in your area.