How Do You Know If You Need New Brakes?

If you are experiencing any of these signs in your vehicle, Christian Brothers Automotive is ready to assist you.

SQUEAKING OR SCREECHING NOISE

That squeaking sound is you hear is most likely caused by a metal indicator, installed by the car manufacturer, and serves as a reminder that you need to replace your brake pads. You should be aware of this sound and if you hear it regularly, make an appointment.  If you wait until you hear a grinding sound, metal to metal, it can damage your rotors resulting in a more expensive repair.

There is an exception.  If your car has been sitting after being exposed to rain or water, rust can develop on the brake rotors. When you first apply the brakes, the pads may cause a squeal for a short period until the rust is worn off, then the sound should stop.

RUMBLING OR VIBRATION IN THE STEERING WHEEL

This is often a symptom of warped rotor if it occurs while braking. This can also indicate that your car needs an alignment.

THE NEED TO PRESS THE BRAKE HARDER THAN USUAL

If your pedal sinks to the floor or is not as responsive as it used to be this can indicate an air or fluid leak in the system.  You can also check for a brake fluid leak by looking for a puddle under the parked car.

PULLING

 If your car pulls to one side while braking, it may be a sign that the brake linings and pads are wearing unevenly or that your brake fluid needs to be replaced.

It could also mean that your car has other issues such as uneven tire pressure, a faulty wheel bearing, or malfunctioning brake caliper.

A BURNING SMELL WHEN THE BRAKES ARE APPLIED

THE BRAKE LIGHT IS ON