Unsure if you have a brake problem. If you are experiencing these symptoms call us for a complete diagnosis to insure your safety and reduce chances of rotor damage:
High pitched sound when applying brakes
This is caused by a small metal shim, called an indicator generally giving you warning that your brake pads need replacement. One exception is if your car has been sting after being exposed to water. This noise is then due to the brake pads pressing against the rust covered rotors. If the high pitched sound is consistent you should immediately schedule brake service.
If your car pulls to one side while braking your brake linings may be wearing unevenly or there is foreign matter in the brake fluid. You may need a brake adjustment or have the fluid drained and replaced.
Fading or reduced responsiveness
If your brakes seem not as responsive as they should be, or the pedal sinks toward the floor, you could have a lead in the breaking system. This cold be an air leak in the brake hose or a brake fluid leak.
Grinding or Growling
This loud metallic sound means that you have worn the pads completely, most likely beyond replacement. This can scratch the rotors requiring the rotors be turned or replaced. You want to avoid this where possible and address any potential brake problem like the high pitched sound mentioned above sooner than later.
If you find your brake pedal vibrating or pulsating it is often a symptom of warped rotors (it can also mean you wheels are out of alignment). If the vibration occurs during braking situations when the anti-lock brakes are not engaged, it is a good sign or warped rotors. Warped rotors can be caused by severe braking for long periods of time as when you are descending a mountain or when towing.