Your brakes are one of the most important safety features of your car and along with your tyres, they are essential for the deceleration of your vehicle.
There are a number of signs to look out for that indicate that your brakes may be in need of service or repair:
Grinding - Normally an indication that the brake pads have become heavily worn resulting in a grinding noise when the brakes are applied. This will likely cause damage to the brake disc and calliper if left unaddressed.
Squeaking - If you hear sharp squeaking noises from the brakes this could suggest a number of potential issues relating to the disc, pad and calliper and is an indication that your brakes need looking at.
Dashboard Light - If the brake warning light appears on your dashboard then your ECU will have detected a fault within the brakes. A common cause of this is low brake fluid level or a leak, it is important not to ignore warning lights as they are often simple to repair solutions that can turn into expensive ones.
Pulling - Your vehicle pulling side to side when applying the brakes indicates a mechanical issue in the brake system.
Soft/Spongy Brake Pedal - Unresponsive and spongy brakes usually mean there are issues with the brake fluid flowing through the brake systems effectively. A brake pedal that goes all the way to the floor indicates a severe problem and needs to be inspected immediately.
We would recommend taking note of anything out of the ordinary that you may notice about your brakes and reporting this to your mechanic. This is by no means an extensive list but covers the most common symptoms of poor brakes.