5 Signs Your Subaru Needs Brake Repair


In your Subaru, as with any vehicle, a healthy brake system is extremely crucial to ensure that your car can be operated in a safe manner. Whether an animal darts across the road or you're simply slowing down for a traffic light, you rely on your brakes in order to get you from point A to point B safely and securely. If you experience any of the following braking problems in your Subaru don't hesitate to get in touch with a local Subaru repair expert so they can properly diagnose and repair the issue.

Vehicle pulls during braking

If your vehicle tries to go left or right when you hit the brakes it's time for brake repair. The culprit can be uneven wear of the brake pads or a stuck wheel cylinder. Both of these greatly reduce your braking power and should be taken care of right away.

Vibrations in the brake pedal

If you experience vibrations coming from the brake pedal, the steering wheel or if it feels like the whole car is shaking as you slow down you definitely have a braking problem. This is most likely caused by warped rotors. Rotors are what the brake pads grab in order to create the friction to slow the vehicle. If they are warped there is no longer a smooth surface for the pads to rub against, reducing your braking ability.

Howling or grinding noise

One of the first signs of brake trouble will likely be a grinding or howling noise that happens when the brakes are applied. This will happen for one of two reasons. The first is if your car has brake pads that have a built in mechanism designed to let you know the pads are getting low. The second is because you have no brake pads left and metal is grinding on metal, which is extremely dangerous.

Spongy brake pedal

If you car's brake pedal is easily pushed to the floor you likely have very low brake pads. However it could be a more serious issue such as air in the brake lines, or even worse, a brake fluid leak. Contact your mechanic immediately to have the problem resolved.

Illuminated ABS light

It is important to always pay attention to your dashboard indicator lights, as they can inform you of various issues throughout your car. If the ABS light, which stands for anti-lock braking system, comes on be sure to head to the shop right away as there is a sensor detecting some sort of problem in the brake system.

At the first sign of brake trouble get to a repair shop as soon as possible to ensure your Subie is safe to drive. For expert Subaru brake repair in Spokane get in touch with the team at Hopkins Automotive. Our team provides full service Subaru maintenance and repair for all years and models. Give us a call at (509) 483-3943 to request an appointment for superior Subaru repair in Spokane or to learn more about our inventory of used Subarus for sale!

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Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ