At the first sign of trouble, it is important to get your brakes inspected. Bad break symptoms include vibrations, smells, unusual sounds, and feelings. These signs mean that you need new brakes. Don’t wait, replace worm parts immediately. Parts like brake pads are the first to wear out, also rotors start to warp, both of these contribute to a shorter life span of brakes due to grinding of metal to metal.
In the case of brake pads and shoes, screeching, grinding, squealing, rubbing, and other loud noises indicate you need new brake pads. In addition, if you find yourself applying more pressure on the brake pedal for longer durations of time this indicates you need new brake pads. Don’t wait till the brake pads are so worn out that you are in a situation where you cannot stop. Your brake system speaks in volumes to you, be aware of pulsation and vibration in the pedal. This will warp your rotors.
Odd smells can signal that something could be wrong with your brakes. If you start to experience an odor or a pungent smell from your brakes, than its time to visit your local auto mechanic. These smells are not normal and can result in dangerous driving scenarios. Do a thorough brake inspection to know what part of your braking system is developing a problem.