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Signs Your Light-Duty Work Truck Is Having Brake Problems

Brake problems on your work truck can spell serious disaster. If you lose your brakes while on the job, you could not only lose your job but also become liable for any financial loss that occurred due to your brake system problems. Midlane Truck & Trailer Repair works on all types of trucks including light-duty, heavy-duty, and big rigs. Here are signs your brake system needs immediate attention.

Strange Sounds

If you hear grinding when you apply the brakes, your brake pads are completely worn down. If you hear squealing while you’re driving, your brake pads might have an indicator that is notifying you that it’s time to replace them. If you hear squealing while you’re braking, your brakes could be overheating.

Scraping/Vibration

Scraping or vibration when you apply the brakes is also a sign that you don’t have any brake pad surface left. This will damage the rotors very quickly, so it’s important to replace the brake pads right away. Usually, you’ll feel the vibration in your steering wheel or brake pedal.

Pulling to the Right or Left

If your work truck pulls to the right or left when you apply the brakes, you might have a stuck caliper, a warped rotor, or problems with your vehicle’s suspension. Whether a brake or suspension problem, it’s important to have the issue fixed so you don’t lose control of your truck while you’re braking.

Prolonged Stopping Distances

One of the most common signs of brake problems is prolonged stopping distances. You know how long it takes your truck to stop even if you are hauling a load. If you find that this distance has increased and you are slamming on the brakes to stop in time, your brake system needs immediate servicing.

Burning Smells

Burning smells while braking is another sign of overheating brakes. When the brake pads get too hot, they smell like burning material. If the brake fluid gets too hot, it smells like burning chemicals. Either way, this is a dangerous situation that could result in the loss of braking power.

Brake Pedal Problems

Your brake pedal should always feel the same when you press down on it. If it sinks farther to the floor or sinks and then stops and then sinks again, you could have air in your brake lines or, if you have air brakes, there could be a problem with the compressor or an air leak.

Brake Fluid Leaks

Brake fluid will leak underneath your work truck close to the wheels. Brake fluid is usually light brown when it’s new and dark brown when it’s old. Brake fluid is also extremely oily to the touch. If your vehicle is leaking brake fluid, it’s important to find the source of the leak immediately and fix it.

Warning Lights

Finally, your dashboard may alert you of brake problems. It will either turn on the brake light even though you don’t have the parking brake set, or turn on a pad indicator light to tell you that the brake pads are too low. Heed these warnings to prevent losing brake power.

Midlane Truck & Trailer Repair is the best truck repair shop in Eugene, OR, and we can take care of your brake problems right away. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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