5 Signs it is Time to Get New Brakes

April 30th, 2021
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Brakes are arguably one of the most important components on your vehicle for keeping you safe. Keeping them in good working condition should be a high priority for vehicle owners but is often overlooked. Regular maintenance on your brakes is ideal, but you can also watch for warning signs that your brakes need to be looked at by an auto repair shop. Watch for these signs on when to replace your brakes: 

1. If you hear a squealing or Clicking noise

A grinding sound or a squeaking or squealing sound when applying the brakes is a sign that something is not working properly in your car or truck and should be looked at by a trusted mechanic. If the squealing noise goes away when you step off the brakes, it is a good signal that your brake pads need replacing. Many of today’s brake pads are manufactured to emit this sound to alert you to have your brakes inspected. Bring in your vehicle before the brake pads erode away.

A clicking noise when you push or release the brake pedal is also something to be on the lookout for. This noise is also a good indicator that you should get your vehicle to an auto repair shop. 

2. Stopping takes more time

When it is taking longer to come to a full stop, your brake pads may be wearing away or there could be another problem with your braking system. It might be time to get your brake pads replaced. If this is what is happening let your neighbourhood mechanic know. 

3. Brake Pad Indicator Light Comes On

If you see the brake light come on and you don’t have the parking brake engaged, bring in your vehicle for a diagnostic test right away. 

Most newer vehicles have an indicator light to let you know when the brakes aren’t functioning optimally. If you see this light come on and you aren’t sure why, it is best to get a certified mechanic to look at it as soon as possible. Driving without getting this checked could be dangerous. It might be time for new brakes.

4. Your Car Pulls To One Side When You Brake

If you notice the car pulling to one side when you are braking, there could be a problem with your braking system. Some causes of this might be a frozen caliper or if the pistons have bent. Bring your car or truck to a repair shop near you to have your brakes looked at. 

There are other issues you can experience with the vehicle that could cause it to pull to one side, so it is important to see our vehicle technicians when this happens. 

5. The Brake Pedal Vibrates When you Press it

If you start to notice a vibration when you touch the brakes, your rotors may be overheating. Your braking power will be lower when experiencing this. 

If your car sits for long periods of time without driving, moisture can get in and cause the rotors to rust, except for the surface the pads are sitting on. This patch of uneven rotor surface can cause the brakes to pulsate and may be another sign you need new brakes. If you notice your vehicle vibrating or pulsing when you brake, you should have your brake system looked at by a trusted and qualified mechanic. 

Experiencing Brake Issues?

If your vehicle is experiencing any of these issues, it’s best to err on the side of caution and have your vehicle looked at by the best auto repair shop in your neighbourhood. We will look at your vehicle and let you know if you need a brake repair or if it is time to replace your brakes. Regular maintenance can help you avoid future costly repairs. 

Book an appointment with us today so we can identify and repair your vehicle to keep you safely on the road under any driving conditions. 

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