Here at WhoCanFixMyCar.com we want you to stay as safe as possible while on the road in your car.

We understand how scary and unsettling it can be if your car starts to make a strange noise or behave differently while you’re driving as there is no way of knowing what is going on unless you’re a trained professional.

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That is why we have created this simple guide to help you recognise the signs of a potential brake issue.

Metallic grinding from brakes

If you hear a metallic grinding noise this may be caused by worn out brake pads.

If the pads are badly worn down, the underlying metal will be getting pushed against metal on the wheel of your car which isn’t supposed to happen.

The clearest sign of a brake issue will be when you hear a noise when you apply the brake pedal.

Squeaking from brakes

A squeaking noise can be caused when friction is created within the linings of the brakes and If you hear this noise, even if it isn’t too loud, you need to resolve the issue ASAP.

Squeaking can also be caused if debris from the road gets stuck somewhere between the brakes and the wheel.

There are a range of issues which could cause a squeaking noise, however, it will be impossible to tell what it is unless you take your car to a trained professional.

That is why you should post a job as soon as you hear something!

You can get quotes from local mechanics by clicking here.

Ignoring the issue will never make it go away and the problem will only get worse with potential damage being caused to the brake pads, brake linings, brake drums and rotors.

Soft Brake Pedal

This can be caused by three issues, leakage in the system, air getting into the brake linings or there is a need to adjust the brake.

If you need to pump the brake multiple times to bring the car to a stop, there will clearly be an issue.

Alternatively, if the pedal sinks all the way to the floor when the car is stopped the problems listed above are the most likely to be responsible.

Car pulling to one side

This may happen when you have a damaged brake line, have worn the brake linings down or have uneven linings.

If you can feel brakes dragging, this is likely to be caused by contaminated fluid being in the system or the brakes not being adjusted properly.

As soon as you notice any of these problems, it is vital that you address the issue.

If your car is pulling to one side, the issue could be caused by other problems such as wheel alignment, however the only way of finding out for sure is by taking your car for repair.


The quickest and most efficient way to get your car repaired by a quality garage for a price you are happy with, is by posting a job on WhoCanFixMyCar.com

If you have noticed a problem with your brakes, you can get quotes from local mechanics today!

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Simply click here to post a brake job and sit back while local mechanics work on bespoke quotes!

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