5 Signs You Need New Brakes

March 28th, 2017

It’s so nice to have a car that can go 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. It’s also nice to have one that goes 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds. We know you all don’t drive sports cars – but what about stopping? It’s easy to forget that there is some pretty powerful engineering and parts that make it so your car can stop on a dime, quarter or penny. Your brakes are so important! But how do you know that you need to have them replaced before they fail? You don’t want to be going 60 mph and try to stop just to realize that you can’t do it. So how can you tell? There’s five important signs that you need to have your brakes repaired.


#1 Dash light.

The first and most obvious way to tell if you need to have your brakes serviced is if your brake light on your dash comes on. This is a surefire way to know as the computer for the car realizes there is an issue even if you don’t. Make an appointment and get your car taken in.


#2 Noise.

If you hear a high pitched sound or squeak or squeal when you hit the brakes that can be a sure sign that your brake pads need to be replaced. Your brakes come with a wear indicator that makes a noise when your brakes are wearing and need to be serviced. Don’t ignore the noise!


#3 Grinding.

Do you feel grinding when you are trying to stop? It’s a noise and feel. If you’re feeling it, you’ve gone right through the pads and now you’re grinding on the rotors to stop. This is something that you definitely don’t want to do.


#4 Veers to the left or right.

When your car seems to pull to one side when braking, you’ll know that you’ve got an issue. Your caliper may be stuck or your brake hose might move unevenly. Either way, this is something that you’ll want to get checked out.


#5 Squishy pedal.

If when you use the brakes it feels a bit squishy, this means that you could have worn brake pads or a hydraulic problem. If it feels like the pedal bottoms out or hits the floor before the brakes are working like they should, this is something to get repaired.

Don’t take your safety lightly! Get your brakes repaired or serviced!

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