Every vehicle requires a braking system to help regulate its motion. Brakes are vehicle devices designed to help ensure everyone's safety while on the road. Proper maintenance of your car's brake system is critical to ensuring your brakes keep functioning properly. Otherwise, you may need to run brake repairs costs. Here are some tell-tale signs indicating that your brakes may be faulty and requires repair service

When the brakes produce scraping and grinding noise when depressed: Scraping is as a result of dragging something on the brake's tin plate, you need to stop and remove the item. The grinding noise is a sign of worn out callipers and so when applying the brakes, this causes the pads to come to contact with the rotors. When you first get this noise you need to stop and check your callipers and pads. If you fail to do so, you may damage your pads and rotors, which may turn more expensive in the long run.

When the master cylinder has low brake fluid: When you notice low level of brake fluid in the master cylinder then you need to inspect for the cause. If there are any leaks on the mating surfaces then the master cylinder needs to be replaced. Worn out brake pads can cause low fluid levels too. If there are no leaks, then you need to inspect the condition of the brake pads and have them replaced if they are excessively worn. 

When the warning lights of your braking system stays illuminated: When you notice your braking lights on even when not in use, you should consider checking you brake's fluid and pads. The most likely cause is worn out pads. If you access the braking systems and find out the pads are worn out, you need to replace them. Speed sensors not working properly will also cause the anti-lock braking system (ABS) lights to come on. You need to check your speed sensor or replace them immediately.

Soft and spongy peddles when the brakes are applied: Normally when pressure is applied on the brake pedals, they should be firm and resistant. Soft and spongy brake system should signal you of an issue with your brakes. Soft and spongy brakes are caused by the master cylinder wearing out and air or leaks in the brake lines. You should replace your master cylinder and your brake pads to avoid leaks and air in the brake lines.

A fully functioning braking system is vital for optimal vehicle safety and handling while driving. To keep your braking system in perfect working order and thus minimise the need for brake repairs, you need to perform routine maintenance on your braking system and entire vehicle. For more information, contact your mechanic.