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Brake Problem Symptoms

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Category: Technical
Forum Name: Brakes
Forum Description: Post any brake related questions here for any Nissan model.
Printed Date: 22 Oct 2020 at 9:14pm
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Topic: Brake Problem Symptoms
Posted By: Jenny--Wren
Subject: Brake Problem Symptoms
Date Posted: 24 Jul 2020 at 4:33pm
When your car starts creating abnormal sounds, feelings or smells, start investigating the issue sooner rather than letting the condition worsen. Waiting will only lead to more expensive parts wearing out and requiring replacement. For example, rotors start to warp and become damaged when completely worn brake pads and shoes exceed their lifespan, shortening the life of healthy parts due to the metal on metal grinding that occurs.
What sounds, noises, and sensations indicate I need brake repairs?
Pay attention. Sounds, smells and sensations signal brake problems:

Screeching, grinding, squealing, rubbing, and other eardrum-piercing noises are common indicators that your brake pads & shoes require inspection. This should be addressed before worn pads cause damage to other parts, which could result in more expensive repairs.
Vibration and pulsation in the pedal or your steering wheel. If this is a familiar feeling, your brake system is telling you something. Wait any longer, and your rdiscs might get warped from the metal on metal rubbing, potentially costing you a lot more in repair. Stop in as soon as possible if you are experiencing this unpleasant problem.
Pressing down farther to complete braking functions. This symptom is not as prevalent as it used to be, but if you are pressing down farther than usual on your brake pedal to stop your car, requiring more pressure and time to perform the same stopping function, you have entered the first stage and sign of brake pad wear. Do not play around with your brake pedal, you can only press so far before you are in a frightening, I have no brakes predicament.
That pungent burning smell near your tyres are your pads screaming help! If you are detecting noxious odours emitting from your wheels, stop what you are doing and please call or visit your local garage. Unfamiliar and pungent smells, such as those you are experiencing, are not normal and could have dangerous consequences if you continue to drive under these unsafe conditions. Your best solution is a brake inspection service to see what part of your braking system has been compromised while driving with this smelly symptom.
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