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Signs that a car has issues with the brakes 

On Behalf of | May 16, 2024 | Firm News

While driving behavior is a pivotal aspect of road safety, so too is the condition of vehicles. All components of vehicles need to work together to optimize safety, but the brakes are especially important. Good brakes can get a driver out of trouble in various situations. 

How can you tell if there is an issue with your vehicle’s brakes

Warning lights 

The majority of modern vehicles are fitted with warning lights that alert the driver of potential issues with the vehicle. For example, a light should come on if you are running low on brake fluid (which could indicate a leak). Also, the Anti-lock braking system (ABS) is complete with multiple sensors that should trigger a light if there is a fault. The good thing about warning lights is that they can alert you very early on that there is an issue. The downside is that warning lights don’t always work, so you may need to rely on your own senses. 

Unusual smells 

Unusual smells, particularly burning smells, can be a sign that a vehicle’s brakes aren’t functioning properly. Burning smells often indicate overheating, which makes the brakes much less effective. 


If you step on the brake pedal and feel vibrations through the steering wheel, this is also a sign that there is an issue with your brakes. When the brakes are applied, the surface areas are supposed to make even contact and there should be very little rattling, vibrations or metal-to-metal grinding noises. If brakes are being applied unevenly, then they are defective and this can be dangerous. 

If you have been hit by a driver with defective brakes, you may be able to hold that driver to account. If your own brakes failed you, then holding the car manufacturer or repair shop to account may also be a possibility. Seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of your options.