Do you know how to tell if a wheel cylinder is bad?

My brakes are taking a lot longer to work, and they’ve gotten really screechy lately. I’m just guessing at this point, but I thought it could be a wheel-cylinder problem. Do you know how to tell if a wheel cylinder is bad?

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Answer provided by
Melanie Mergen
Answered on Jul 28, 2022
That could definitely be a possibility! These are some signs to watch out for that could mean your wheel cylinder is starting to fail:
  • Delayed response when braking
  • Soft brake pedal that sinks to the floor
  • You discover a brake fluid leak
  • Grinding or screeching sounds
Regardless of the cause, unresponsive brakes create a serious safety issue, for obvious reasons. You want to be able to make a quick stop in your car if you need to, so getting to the bottom of this sooner than later is a good idea.
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