Why Are My Brakes Sticking?

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If your car brakes are sticking, it can make driving a nerve-wracking experience. You press the brake pedal and nothing happens—or worse yet, it takes too long for the brakes to kick in! What’s going on? Let’s take a look at the possible causes of this issue so you can get back on the road with confidence.


What Causes Brake Stickiness?

The most common cause of brake stickiness is moisture or debris that has become lodged in the components of your braking system. When moisture accumulates inside your brakes, it can corrode the components and cause your brakes to stick. Debris, such as dirt or rocks, can also accumulate in your braking system and cause your brakes to stick. In some cases, it may be necessary to open up the brake drums or calipers and clean them out to prevent them from sticking again.

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Another common cause of sticky brakes is worn-out brake pads or shoes. Over time, these parts wear down and need to be replaced in order for your brakes to work properly. If you notice any unusual noises when you press on the brake pedal, this could be an indication that you need new brake pads or shoes. It is important to have these replaced as soon as possible in order to ensure that your brakes are working correctly.

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Finally, there may be a problem with the hydraulic system of your car if your brakes are sticking. A malfunctioning master cylinder or power booster can lead to slow response time when you press on the brake pedal. This is usually due to a lack of pressure caused by a leak somewhere in the system. If this is the case, it is important to have a professional inspect and repair your car's hydraulic system right away. 


When Should I Get Professional Assistance?

If you suspect that any of these issues are causing your brakes to stick, then it's time to call in a professional for help! A qualified mechanic will be able to diagnose any underlying problems with your brake system. And recommend an appropriate repair plan so that you can get back on the road again soon! In some cases, replacing old brake parts or cleaning up existing components may be enough to fix the problem. But a more complex repair procedure may be necessary to get everything functioning again.   

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If your car's brakes are sticking, there could be several different issues at play. Most often, it will either be due to moisture or debris accumulation inside the braking system components. It could also be worn-out brake pads or shoes, or a problem with the hydraulic system.  It is important that you take action right away if you notice any signs that something may not be working correctly with your braking system. Having timely repairs made will help ensure that you stay safe while driving. And enjoy trouble-free performance from your vehicle for many years to come.


Lou's Car Care is the right choice for all your brake system and auto maintenance needs. Proudly serving Baldwinsville, NY, and surrounding communities since 1976.Call us or schedule your appointment online today!



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