How to spot a brake problem

Part of being a responsible driver is checking your car regularly. Listen out for any odd sounds or noises coming from within the car, cast your eye around the exterior and under the bonnet and pay attention to how it feels and handles when you're out and about on the road.

Being alert and aware can help you take preventive measures to keep your car in the best condition – an important factor for anyone looking to sell a used car fast. This is particularly important when it comes to the brakes, which play a crucial role in keeping you and other road users safe.

Brakes need to be responsive and in the best condition, so you can feel confident when you're behind the wheel. Here are a few tips to help you keep a close eye on your vehicle's brakes and some warning signs to watch out for.

'Sinking' pedals

If you find that the brake and clutch pedals are sinking to the floor slowly, this may be a sign of any number of problems, such as a leak somewhere in the braking system. It's best to see your mechanic right away for proper testing. 

Don't attempt to fiddle with the brakes yourself, as this can have the potential to cause an accident.

'Pulling' of your vehicle

Sometimes you might find your car tends to 'pull' over to one side during the braking process. If so, this could mean that something has gotten into the brake fluid or your brake linings are wearing away unevenly, which can cause the shift in direction.

This can be fixed with a brake adjustment or fluid drainage/replacement.

'Squealing' brakes

Brakes that emit a squealing sound whenever you use them could mean the friction material has worn away entirely, so the backing plate is pushed directly against the brake rotor. It may also mean the brake pad isn't as secure as it could be.

Have your mechanic take a closer look to see where the problems are, and what is needed to fix them.