In the market for a family vehicle? The 2016 Buick Enclave is a large, eight-passenger SUV that provides a luxury ride, generous cargo capacity, and top safety scores. But at some point, your Enclave may experience brake problems. To be prepared, here are some warning signs to watch out for.
If you take a moment to turn down your music, you'll be able to listen out for any strange sounds your brakes may be making. One sound you may hear is a high-pitched squeal. This sound is from a small indicator in your braking system that alerts you when your brake pads need to be replaced. This warning sensor can be heard inside your car with the windows up; it may be a bit tricky to hear over a blasting sound system though.
Another noise that can occur when your brake pads are in bad shape is a harsh grounding sound. If you hear this noise, watch out! This sound means that your brake pads have completely worn through, and when you apply the brakes, the metal of the calipers is grinding against the metal of your rotors. This is a horrible way to stop your car. Not only is it an ineffective stopping method, but it will damage your rotors, which can lead to expensive repairs.
Does your car seem to have a mind of its own lately? Pulling left or right when driving or braking? If you've noticed your car pulling, this could be a sign of a problem with the braking system. There are a number of scenarios as to what the problem could be. One is a stuck caliper. A stuck caliper causes friction to occur on one wheel, which can cause your car to pull to the side where the caliper is stuck.
Other brake-related scenarios that could cause your vehicle to pull to one side while driving or stop are uneven brake pads or a collapsed brake hose. Uneven brake pads cause different amounts of pressure to be applied to the wheels, resulting in pulling. A collapsed brake hose causes the calipers to move unevenly when the brakes are applied. Both of these problems can cause pulling.
Under normal braking situations, your car should come to a smooth stop. However, if your brake pedal pulses or vibrates during a typical stop, it means trouble. A vibrating brake pedal is usually due to warped rotors. Rotors generally only become warped when under extreme stress for an extended period, such as braking continuously down a steep mountainside or braking frequently while towing something heavy. A vibrating brake pedal can also be due to misaligned wheels.
Erratic Brake Pedal
Along with strange sounds, pulling, and vibrations, your brake pedal may show signs that something is wrong with the braking system. A mushy brake pedal – one that sinks to the floor before engaging the brakes – could indicate worn brake pads or a problem with the hydraulic system (air in the line, an air leak or brake fluid leak).
An oversensitive brake pedal – one that causes the brakes to grab at even the slightest touch – is another warning sign of brake problems. An oversensitive brake pedal could indicate an unevenly worn rotor or dirty or contaminated brake fluid.
To learn more about the 2016 Buick Enclave and for all your braking system needs, visit our dealership in Emmaus, PA.
Kelly Buick GMC sells new or used cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Located in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Easton, Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.
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