Why Has My Stopping Distance Become Longer?

If the time and distance that it takes to stop your automobile have increased, your brake system needs to be serviced or repaired. Ideally, you should plan to have the brakes inspected once a year. In terms of mileage, this equates to every 12,000 miles. It is important to maintain your brake system so you know you will be able to stop your vehicle on a dime if necessary.

Dashboard Warnings

In addition to an extended stopping distance, your brake system may also tell you that something is wrong via your dashboard. You only want to see the ABS and Brake light turn on briefly when you first start your automobile. The Brake light will also illuminate when you set the parking brake.

Squealing Brakes

If your brakes are squealing all the time, it’s probably time to replace the brake pads. The pads have sensors in them that will make noise when the surfaces get too low. Squealing brakes can also be a sign that your brakes are overheating. This makes driving your vehicle dangerous.


Vibration or wobbling in the steering wheel or brake pedal can point to warped rotor surfaces or calipers with road debris stuck in them. In some cases, your car, truck, or utility vehicle will wobble or vibrate as well. Head straight to our shop if you have any motion other than slowing down and stopping when you apply the brakes.

Leaking Brake Fluid

The brake system can also start to leak fluid if the master cylinder needs to be replaced. The same is true if the brake lines need to be replaced. Regular inspections allow us to look at both of these parts and replace any parts that are worn.

Overheating Brakes

We mentioned above that your brakes will squeal if they are getting too hot. You will also smell strong odors coming from the brakes. If the brake system gets to a certain temperature, you won’t be able to stop your automobile.

Pulling to the Side

The brake system calipers generally should be replaced every 75,000 miles. If you fail to do this, they may get stuck in your automobile will pull to the side when you apply the brakes.

Finally, your brake system is telling you something if the pedal feels too hard or too soft. The former could be a faulty brake booster or dirt in the brake lines. The latter could be air in the brake lines or a faulty master cylinder.

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