Braking System Problems

The modern automobile braking system is one of the most important parts of any vehicle, and its health is essential for the safety of the vehicle and the people that depend on it. You simply can’t ignore the braking system problems because they can have dangerous consequences. Vehicle braking systems chiefly rely on friction, which means that they are heavily subjected to extensive heat, wear, and tear. It is also why brake components and parts need routine inspection and replacements to make your ride safe.

If you are driving European auto brands like Mercedes, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, or BMW or any type of vehicle for that matter on Texas’s highways and roads, you may experience some of the following brake system problems. No matter the symptoms, if you think you are having any of these problems, you will need to contact a trained professional certified mechanic to have an inspection done that can provide you with the best solution.

Frozen Brake Caliper

If your vehicle is tilting towards one side while you apply the brakes, then there are substantial chances that your vehicle’s brake calipers are getting stuck or ‘freezing’. Brake calipers are the pistons that exert pressure to the wheel and with time, the bore in which this piston moves gets affected by corrosion due to poor lubrication.

Hence, the brake calipers start to stick in the bore. When that happens, it is an indication that the brake calipers need replacement.

Damaged Brake Rotors

When your vehicle’s brake rotors get rusty or worn out, your steering will start to give distressing vibrations, especially when you are driving at high speed. The braking rotors usually don’t reach their worst condition easily or immediately. But if you are constantly applying the brakes suddenly at high speeds, then it can cause the rotors to wear down, especially if the brake pads have not been replaced for a long time.

It is cost-efficient to replace the braking pads after reasonable intervals to protect the rotor. Otherwise, you will have to spend more on the repair of the rotor.


Worn Brake Shoes or Pads

Healthy brakes don’t generate any noise but when you start to hear them while applying the brakes, then it means your vehicle’s braking system is due for an inspection. Typically, these noises arise due to faulty brake pads or shoes and, their replacement or timely maintenance can save you from more costly brake system component repairs.

Loose Brake Pedal

It is one of the most dangerous conditions regarding the braking system and requires immediate attention. When you experience that your brake pedal is loose or soft upon applying force, and you are not getting the desired braking, this could mean that there is a leak in the hydraulics of the braking system and can result in complete brake failure if it persists for a longer time.

Burning Smell

Burning smells are not pleasant to the senses in general but you would not want your vehicle brakes to smell like a burned substance. In the summer season, when temperatures are often soaring to their high levels, you can experience this burning smell from your vehicle brakes after a long commute, which involves excessive braking. However, if you are experiencing it constantly
though, then you will need to get an inspection done.

Sharp Braking discomfort

If you are experiencing a high volume of inertia while applying the brakes sharply, then it is not necessarily a braking problem. It could be that your vehicle’s shock absorbers are losing their elasticity and with the application of sharp brakes, its reaction is not getting absorbed fully by the suspension.

Decreased Effectiveness of Brake Fluid

Braking fluid has a chemical property that allows it to absorb moisture in the braking system, but it is a finite amount of moisture.  Eventually, the braking fluid starts to lose its efficiency and in the humid weather of Texas, this process occurs at a rapid pace. That is why it is advised to change the brake oil after two years so that your vehicle’s braking system remains functioning properly.

Make sure that the master cylinder is flushed properly when changing the brake oil so that there is no contamination there.


As you can see, there are many automobile braking system problems you can face with your vehicle and it is important to get each of these problems inspected and repaired. As mentioned, it always recommended having any of your brake problems evaluated and inspected by a trained professional certified mechanic. They will understand what constitutes a safety issue and will be able to advise you on the best course of action to keep you and your cargo safe.

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