Braking issues in your truck are particularly hazardous and can put you and other drivers at risk. A semi-truck driver carries a lot of responsibility to deliver the contents of their trailer on time and make sure their vehicle is safe for driving on the road. It is good to have a professional look over your vehicle before each trip, but it is up to you to be able to recognize potential problems before they get worse. Here are some warning signs that your brakes may need repair.
The Brake Light Is On
The brake light on your dashboard is the first indication that there is a problem with your brakes. It would be best if you learned what each indicator light on your dashboard means so you can take your vehicle to get the proper service. It is best to get your truck regularly inspected to avoid any surprise issues while on the road.
You Hear Strange Noises
Any kind of squealing, squeaking, or grinding sound is not normal for your brakes. If you hear a high-pitched squealing sound coming from your brakes, then you most likely need a brake pad replacement, which is a service that should be completed every 50,000 miles. Grinding in your brakes indicates that the brake pads have disintegrated, putting the rotors at risk of serious damage. If this is the case, you should act quickly so that you do not end up with significantly more expensive repairs.
A Burning Smell
If you notice a strange chemical odor that seems like something is burning, it could be your brakes. Usually, this happens when you drive on steep roads where you must use your brakes a lot, causing them to overheat. As soon as you notice this smell, find a safe spot to pull over and fully allow your brakes to cool; otherwise, your brakes may fail completely.
Poor Air Compressor
Every semi-truck has an air compressor that fills a reservoir with air, which the airlines deliver to the brakes as needed. This system is essential for creating the necessary levels of pressure in order for the brakes to function. If you realize that you are not getting enough air to the brakes and there is no damage to the airlines, you may need to take the vehicle to a truck repair shop to test the compressor.
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