Your brakes are your vehicle’s most important safety feature, which is why it’s critical to keep your brakes in strong working condition—not spongy, not slow, and not squeaky. So, how do you know if you need to replace brakes or any brake system components? The truth is it’s not always obvious… for an obvious reason. Your brakes are designed to wear out gradually, so you have time to take your car in for brake service or a brake repair, before your brakes fail entirely. Read on for more information about car brake repair and what to watch out for when it’s time to replace brakes.
SIGNS YOU NEED A BRAKE REPAIR
Most modern vehicles have brake wear sensors to tell you it’s time for brake service or a brake repair. With brake wear sensors, you’ll hear a screeching noise when you brake or as you release your brake, indicating your brakes have reached the end of their life cycle. However, some vehicles do not feature brake wear sensors, so being mindful of squeaks and squeals from your brakes is still important, and any unusual noises should never be ignored. If you hear grinding noises, that usually means your brake pads have worn away completely, and you’re hearing metal on metal—beyond time for brake service! Other signs of necessary brake repair are brake pedal pulsations, increased stopping distances, and a brake pedal that stops closer to the floor than it did before.
DON’T WAIT TO REPLACE BRAKES
As part of your routine maintenance schedule, it’s good to have your tires rotated about every six months. This is an ideal time to have your brakes inspected as well. A mechanic can check the thickness of your brake pads, as well as the condition of your brake calipers and drum hardware to see if you need to replace brake system components. Using this strategy, brake service won’t seem like an inconvenience because you’ll be at the auto repair shop anyway, and you’ll be sure to take care of any brake system issues early—before issues become problems.
CALL US FOR BRAKE SERVICE & BRAKE REPAIR
Because brakes don’t fail overnight, it isn’t always easy to know when your brakes have reached the point where they are dangerous. That’s why it’s so important to have your brakes checked regularly and to take care of any brake service or brake repair you need sooner rather than later. If it’s time to replace brakes or any braking system components, make sure you go to a reputable auto repair shop that uses quality parts. You can trust our mechanics to keep your brakes in excellent condition, so you can drive with confidence.