Signs Your Car is About to Die

Hello, my name is Roy. For many years, I drove a 1976 Ford estate car around Sydney. The car had belonged to my grandpa. It was passed down to me when I had just passed my driving test at the age of 18. That was in 1986 and the car was already in a pretty bad condition then. Fast forward to 2006 and I was now aged 38 and still driving the same car around. Sometimes the car wouldn't start, white smoke came out of the exhaust and the gearbox made a terrible sound. I did my best to patch it up, but eventually, I had to scrap the car and buy a new one. I decided to start a blog to encourage others to service their cars.

3 Warning Signs of Brake Problems You Should Not Ignore


Brakes are an integral part of your car. They enable you to stop your vehicle abruptly when you face a dangerous situation on the road. Therefore, it is advisable to ensure they are performing well before you start driving. If you notice that your brakes are defective, it is imperative to hire an auto repair expert to fix them. Failure to service your car's braking system may lead to accidents or even loss of lives. These are the critical warning signs of brake problems that you should never ignore as a car owner:

Strange Sounds

If your braking system produces an unusual sound, it is imperative to seek professional assistance. The strange noises could be as a result of the rubbing of the rotor and the braking pad. Failure to take immediate action is dangerous because it might be the beginning of more complicated problems. So, when your braking system starts producing squealing, grinding and other unusual sounds, you should stop at the next garage for proper examination and rectification.

Unusual Smell

After driving for long distances or driving in harsh weather conditions, your brakes might not stop your vehicle immediately when you step on the pedal. If that is the case, your vehicle's brakes could have heated up. 

If you experience an unusual smell whenever you step on the brake pedals, you should get your car checked by an expert. It is one of the signs that indicate your brakes are failing. To solve the problem, you should stop your vehicle to allow the brake pads and fluid to cool down before you proceed with your journey. However, if the problem keeps on recurring, you should contact a braking expert to repair the brakes before continuing with your journey.

Leaking Fluids

Your braking system might be failing if you fluids start to leak from them. The situation may be very dangerous, especially if your vehicle is at high speed. It will be hard to stop your car, which may easily cause an accident that may leave you with permanent injuries or even death. So, if your vehicle has this problem, you should contact the nearest auto shop for assistance. 

If you see any of the warning signs discussed above, you should take immediate action. Your life depends on how fast you respond when you see them. Before proceeding with your journey, you should take your vehicle to the nearest auto repair shop for brake repair. It is advisable to hire an experienced, licenced and insured auto expert to repair your braking system.


9 November 2020