Your car's brakes are a crucial safety component that requires regular maintenance to ensure they function optimally.
Ignoring the signs of brake wear and tear can lead to not only expensive repairs but also jeopardise your safety on the road.
Modern vehicles are equipped with advanced brake warning systems that monitor the condition of your brakes.
If your dashboard displays a warning light resembling the letters "ABS" or "Brake," it's an indication that there's a problem with your brake system. Don't ignore these warning lights; have your brakes inspected by a professional technician immediately.
Here's what you should do when you see the brake warning light on your dashboard:
Stay Calm and Don't Panic
Seeing a warning light can be alarming, but it's essential to stay calm and composed. Panicking won't help resolve the issue.
Check the Immediate Surroundings
Ensure that you are in a safe location, away from traffic, before taking any further steps. If possible, pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot.
Consult Your Owner's Manual
Your owner's manual is a valuable resource for understanding what the brake warning light specifically means for your vehicle. It may provide information on the different brake warning light symbols and their significance.
Assess the Light's Behaviour
Note if the brake warning light is steady or flashing. A steady light usually indicates a less severe issue, while a flashing light may suggest a more urgent problem.
Check the Brake Fluid Level
Open your car's hood and locate the brake fluid reservoir. Consult your owner's manual for its precise location. Check the brake fluid level. If it's significantly low, it could trigger the warning light. Add brake fluid if needed, but do not overfill. If you're unsure how to do this, it's best to leave it to a professional.
Check for Leaking Brake Fluid
Inspect the area beneath your car for any signs of brake fluid leakage. Brake fluid is essential for hydraulic brake systems, and any loss of fluid can result in a significant decrease in braking power. Leaking brake fluid can often be accompanied by a soft or spongy brake pedal feel, and it's crucial to have the source of the leak identified and repaired promptly.
Do Not Drive If Flashing
If the brake warning light is flashing or if you observe any other unusual symptoms like a soft or spongy brake pedal, it's advisable not to drive the vehicle. A flashing brake warning light often indicates a potentially dangerous issue that requires immediate attention.
Seek Professional Assistance
In most cases, it's best to consult a professional mechanic or visit a reputable garage when the brake warning light comes on. If you are local to F&H, please call us. We have the expertise and equipment to diagnose and repair brake system issues correctly.
Tow If Necessary
If you are unsure about the severity of the issue or if your vehicle's brakes feel significantly compromised, it's safer to have your vehicle towed to a garage rather than risking driving it with potentially faulty brakes.
Follow Repair Recommendations
Once your vehicle is at the garage, the mechanic will diagnose the problem and provide repair recommendations. It’s advisable to follow the advice and have the necessary repairs performed promptly to ensure your vehicle's safety.
Remember that the brake warning light is a crucial safety indicator, and addressing any brake system issues promptly is essential for your safety and the safety of others on the road.
Never ignore this warning light or attempt to continue driving without having the brakes inspected and repaired by a qualified professional.
We are here to help – call us if you are concerned about your brakes
Your car's brakes are a fundamental safety feature, and their proper maintenance should never be overlooked.
If you have the brake warning light illuminated, or even if it’s not, but you notice any vibrations or pulsations, reduced braking performance or a squeaking or squealing noise, it's imperative to schedule a brake service.
Neglecting brake issues can lead to more extensive and costly repairs, not to mention the potential risks to your safety on the road. Regular brake inspections and maintenance will help keep your vehicle safe and ensure that your brakes are always up to the task when you need them most.
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