It’s essential that you have reliable brakes on your car, no matter where you are driving. You may be aware that a squeal or squeak coming from your brakes is a common sign that they need to be checked, but do you know the other signs? Do you know how to tell if your power steering is going out?

From emergency repairs to routine checkups, if you need maintenance done on your vehicle, be sure to schedule an appointment at a reliable and trustworthy repair shop. Clarke’s European car repair shop is location in Vancouver and services the surrounding communities. Clarke’s European specializes in European imports, such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Volvo, Volkswagen and more, but we proudly service Asian and Domestic makes and models too.

Signs Your Brakes Need to be Checked

One method of checking to see if there is a leak in the brake system is to place a white sheet under the car overnight. If there is a pool of cooking oil like liquid, it could be brake fluid.

  • Pulling: If you get the feeling that your car is steering itself, especially while braking, it could be a sign of a stuck caliper, a collapsed brake hose, or uneven brake pads. Pulling doesn’t automatically mean that there is a problem with the brakes, but it definitely means that you should bring your car in for a service.
  • Vibrations: If you experience a pulsating or vibrations of the brake pedal, it could mean warped rotors. When the rotors are warped, the uneven surface will push against the brake and you will feel this in the brake pedal.
  • Temperamental Pedal: It’s easy to become familiar with the way the brakes feel when you push down on the pedal, so it can be hard sometimes to notice any changes. However, if you do notice that you’re pushing the pedal to the floor before the brakes engage, or even the slightest touch will cause the brakes to engage, this could mean either fluid leak or a brake line obstruction.

Signs Your Power Steering Needs to be Checked

  • Whining Noise: When turning the vehicle, if there is a whining noise, it could be a leak in the power steering pump or the fluid level could be down. A fluid level that is too low could cause damage to the entire system, so visit our European car repair shop as soon as possible.
  • Stiff Steering Wheel: This is the obvious sign that your power steering needs to be serviced or replaced. When it becomes harder and harder to turn the wheel, it’s time to take your car to a mechanic.
  • Squealing Noise When Starting the Vehicle: Since you’re not turning the wheel of your car, this sign could be a surprise. The noise could occur while turning around corners as well, but a squealing sound from under the hood the minute the vehicle starts could be a sign of the steering pump going bad and is causing the belt to slip.

For the safety of you and your passengers, it’s important to keep up with regular brake and steering checkups. If you’re having trouble with your brakes, power steering, Anti-lock brakes, or drive-shaft, schedule an appointment with Clarke’s European car repair shop.