Your brakes are one of the most important safety devices on your car. Without them, most other safety features are rendered useless. That is why keeping your brakes in prime working condition is ideal. Here are five warning signs that mean you could need to get your brakes checked.
Worn pads. The brake pads are what put pressure on the brake rotors and cause the vehicle to come to a stop. Over time, these pads wear out. If they are less than one-quarter inch thick, they likely need to be replaced.
High-pitched sounds. Most brake pads have built-in safety devices known as wear indicators to give drivers an audible warning that the brake pads are wearing down. If you hear a high-pitched squeal when you apply the brakes, go ahead and schedule a service appointment. In addition, a harsh grinding noise means the pads are completely worn down and you’re hearing metal against metal.
Pulling. If while driving or braking, your car seems to be pulling towards one side or the other, this could be a sign of faulty brake caliper.
Vibrations. If you feel vibrations from your car whenever you apply the brakes, this could be a sign of a warped rotor.
Unresponsive or sensitive pedal. If you feel like you have to press the pedal all the way to the floor before the brakes engage, or your brakes grab at the slightest touch, these problems could indicate a problem with your brake hydraulic system, dirty brake fluid, or an uneven rotor.
If you experience any of these issues, or your car just isn’t responding the way it usually does, don’t hesitate to get your brakes inspected. You definitely don’t want to delay service if your brakes need attention. Schedule an appointment today with Dan Pfeiffer Used Cars & Quick Lane Tire & Auto's Centers knowledgeable service professionals today.