Why Are My Brakes Locking Up?
Brakes are probably the most important automotive safety feature since they bring your vehicle down to a stop. Pretty much every modern car has a couple backup brake systems in place to give you that extra bit of protection: an emergency brake and an anti-lock braking system (ABS).
There may be an instance, though, when the brakes lock up as you’re driving around Bedford, Manchester, and Merrimack. Below, the team at Ira Lexus of Manchester will cover reasons for why your brakes may be locking up. Afterwards, you can contact us with any questions or to schedule service for your Lexus.
Reasons for the Brakes Locking Up
There are several factors that could lead to your brakes locking up. Here are just some examples to consider…
When you push down on the brake pedal, they come in direct contact with the brake rotor, which results in your car coming to a full stop.
If the pad is never fully released from the rotor lining, you get brake drag. This can happen because the rods in the brake system aren’t at the correct lengths. However, it could also be because the brake calipers are stuck or misaligned.
Low Brake Fluid
Your vehicle’s braking system uses fluid pressure to do its job properly. If the fluid level is too low, it can’t bring your Lexus to a stop. As a result, you may be at risk for getting into an accident.
Therefore, you’ll want to make sure your local mechanic performs a thorough fluid check. They can then add more fluid if needed, to keep the braking system in top form.
Problems with the Master Cylinder
The master cylinder is what causes fluid pressure to build up when you push down on the brake pedal. This pressure will then reach the brake pads, which will bring your Lexus to a stop.
This cylinder is actually comprised of many valves and seals. If any of them aren’t placed correctly or don’t move as they should, the brakes could lock up.
What to Do When the Brakes Lock Up
The most important thing to do when your brakes start locking up is to keep calm. Turn the emergency blinkers on and honk your horn repeatedly so that other drivers know to give you space.
Let the ABS do its job, which is to continuously and repeatedly apply braking pressure to every wheel. By doing so, it’ll brake your car just enough so that it doesn’t continue to lock up.
If ABS fails, carefully apply the parking brake. Only do this, though, when traveling less than 40 MPH. The main purpose is to get your Lexus safely to the side of the road, where you can call for help.
You’ll then want to bring the automobile to our service center, where we can look at your brakes. Our certified technicians will find the root cause of the locking issue and will get it fixed in no time at all.
Schedule Brake Service Today
If your brakes have locked up when traveling around Bedford, Manchester, or Merrimack, the team at Ira Lexus of Manchester can help. Schedule service with us right away, and we’ll have your Lexus running like new again before you know it!