Signs it’s Time to Replace My Volvo’s Brakes

East Coast EuroWerks is the best European auto shop in Wilmington. We are going to list the signs that it is time to replace your Volvo’s brakes below. Because the brake system is the most important safety system on the Volvo, it’s important that you have this done as soon as possible.

Brake System Noises

You may not need to replace the entire brake system if it is making noise, but grinding sounds are an indication that it’s time for new brake pads. Squealing sounds can also be a sign that you need new brake pads. In addition, squealing can mean the brakes are overheating.

Brake System Pulling

It may be time to replace the calipers if your vehicle pulls to the side when you apply the brakes. Pressing down on the brake pedal should not change the direction of your vehicle. If it does, and the vehicle pulls to the side, you may have a stuck caliper.

Brake System Vibration

Applying the brakes should also not make your Volvo vibrate. Generally, vibrating brakes are an indication that the rotor surfaces need to be serviced. Specifically, the surfaces need to be recut because they are warped.

Leaking Brake Fluid

It could be time to replace the brake hoses or master cylinder if the brake system is leaking fluid. These are the two common brake system parts out of which the fluid leaks. Check for red or brown spots near your tires on the garage floor.

Overheating Brake System

As we mentioned above if the brake system gets too hot, the brakes will squeal. You will also smell the hot brakes. When the brake pads are new, they smell like burning rubber. If the brake pads are overheating, they will smell like burning carpet. There are numerous reasons why the brake system may overheat. Do not drive your Volvo if the brakes are too hot.

Sinking Brake Pedal

Another sign that there is a problem with the brake lines is a sinking brake pedal. In this case, we may not have to replace the lines but we will need to bleed them. This being said, the brake pedal can also sink if the master cylinder needs to be replaced.

Illuminated Warning Light

Finally, all of the problems discussed above may cause the Volvo’s engine control module to turn on either the ABS or Brake light. This is the Volvo’s way of saying you’ve got a brake problem.

Call East Coast EuroWerks in Wilmington, NC, to set up a service visit today for your Volvo.

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