The simple answer is yes, your Volvo brakes can overheat. If not for anything, at least for the friction that takes place each time you step on the brake pedals. This is necessary because it helps you slow down or stop. No matter the level or point at which the pedal is being matched on to slow down the vehicle.
The brakes are actually generating some amount of friction as the two components collide to halt the Vehicle. As it may be anticipated, where there is friction, there is heat. At times excessive heat beyond the required amount isn’t good. When brakes are overheated, one can easily detect them through several ways. To avoid an overheated brake situation, watch out for these signs and symptoms
When The Brake Pedals Feels Soft
There is high tendency that over time, water from the air can be trapped within the Vehicle’s fluid reservoir. When the brake fluid is being heated for use, the water boils and transform into steam thereby reducing the effectiveness of the brakes. This often times leads to a brake fluid fade which will give a spongy and soft feeling when the brake pedals are being pressed upon. A soft pedal like this could also be as a result of other technicalities and complications.
When The Brakes Starts Smelling and Smokes
If a brake pad is used aggressively, this could lead to it being burnt. This will emit smelling smoke with tendencies to lead to fire. But not always except things goes way too bad without any attention given to it.
When this happens, it indicates that there is an excessive amount of heat emitted due to the friction which requires immediate attention. If there is some burnt rubber smell on the Vehicle, there are high chances that the brake pads are overheating. Most times this burning smell scents like a burnt Carpet. This is a very strong smell that even an air freshener can hardly wade off easily
When the Brakes Are Screeching
If there is constant friction on the brake pads for a long time, this could lead to the brake pads becoming glazed. This denotes that they are smoothened down by excessive heat, due to aggressive driving and too much friction on the pedals. This could also lead to the malfunction of other supporting components of the brake system.
Once the brake pads are glazed, the vehicle would be prone to making squealing sounds whenever the brake pedals and being applied. It is very important that one pulls over to check on the vehicle if any of the above mentioned symptoms are ever observed or felt. Once this is achieved, it is imperative that one uses his best judgment to decipher what could have happened. Also look for a closer technician to help diagnose the cause