4 SIGNS TO LOOK FOR
It’s essential to have a vehicle that is capable of safely stopping in potentially dangerous situations. Maintaining your vehicle’s brakes could save your life as well help you avoid costly repairs.
How do you know when to have your brakes examined and when to get new brake pads? Here are some common signs to keep an eye out for.
Screeching and Squealing
Pay attention to any noise coming from your brakes. Are you hearing a squeaking and squealing noise each time you roll up to a stop sign and hit the brakes? When brake pads near the end of their lifespan, metal will grind on metal, which causes the telltale screeching. Ignoring this sign can damage your rotors, which can result in expensive repair or replacement bills.
To help you detect when your brakes are nearing the end of their useful life, some brake pads even have built-in replacement indicators that will make a loud noise when it’s time to swap out the pads.
If your vehicle is vibrating each time you hit the brakes, this can be an indication that new brakes are on the horizon. When brake pads wear thin, the friction can cause vibration, which can damage your car’s braking system if you don’t replace the pads.
Longer Braking Time
Is it taking longer for your car to come to a stop after you apply the brakes? This likely means that your brake fluid is low or your brake pads are worn, and it’s time to visit your trusted repair shop as soon as possible. A professional mechanic can diagnose the issue, fix the problem, and restore your vehicle’s ability to brake safely and quickly.
Visibly Worn Pads
When you look between the spokes on your wheels, you should be able to see the brake pads. If they appear to be less than ¼ inch in thickness, this can mean that it’s time for the professionals to take a look!
When it comes to safety, it’s vital to ensure that your brakes are performing as they should. If you suspect it’s time for new brakes, give us a call to schedule an inspection!