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If you’re a conscientious driver, you may often wonder how do you know when you need new brakes. As the miles add up, it is inevitable that components of your braking systems start to wear. Most drivers don’t want to be the cause of an accident because of failing brakes! To prevent a costly brake repair or worse an accident, it is wise to have your brakes inspected on a regular basis, possibly at every tire rotation or oil change service.

How do you know when you need new brakes? If you start to notice any of the problems below, don’t put off scheduling an inspection and the appropriate brake repair:

  • Noisy brakes – Screeching, squealing, or metal-on-metal grinding will be noticeable when the brake pads and brake rotors are worn out.
  • Vibrations – If you feel the brake pedal pulsate every time you step on it, the disc has become warped and will need to either be resurfaced (smoothed out) or replaced.
  • Burning smells – Brake fluid leaking onto a hot motor produces a burning smell. Your mechanic can inspect your brakes to determine the source of the leak and then repair it.
  • Longer stopping distances – If the brake pedal feels “mushy” and it goes all the way to the floor before stopping your car, it is time for a brake repair.
  • Pulling – If the front brake pads are worn down too far, your car will pull to one side or the other while braking You will also need to keep straightening the steering wheel.
  • Warning light – A warning light on the dash instrument panel will illuminate when the electronic-wear indicators indicate that the pads have worn down to a specified measurement.

A word of advice: Because brake components wear gradually, frequent inspections will keep you driving as safe as possible. Don’t let your brakes reach the hazardous stage before taking action. Ask for a brake inspection whenever you schedule a tire rotation or oil change service (generally about every six months).

Have more questions about how do you know when you need new brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Auto & Fleet Mechanic for more information about brake repair and to schedule an appointment for a full 23-point inspection. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Modesto, CA, and the surrounding area.

Many drivers often wonder how do you know when you need new brakes? If you are experiencing stopping problems, it is time for some needed brake repair.

If you’re a conscientious driver, you may often wonder how do you know when you need new brakes. As the miles add up, it is inevitable that components of your braking systems start to wear. Most drivers don’t want to be the cause of an accident because of failing brakes! To prevent a costly brake repair or worse an accident, it is wise to have your brakes inspected on a regular basis, possibly at every tire rotation or oil change service.

How do you know when you need new brakes? If you start to notice any of the problems below, don’t put off scheduling an inspection and the appropriate brake repair:

  • Noisy brakes – Screeching, squealing, or metal-on-metal grinding will be noticeable when the brake pads and brake rotors are worn out.
  • Vibrations – If you feel the brake pedal pulsate every time you step on it, the disc has become warped and will need to either be resurfaced (smoothed out) or replaced.
  • Burning smells – Brake fluid leaking onto a hot motor produces a burning smell. Your mechanic can inspect your brakes to determine the source of the leak and then repair it.
  • Longer stopping distances – If the brake pedal feels “mushy” and it goes all the way to the floor before stopping your car, it is time for a brake repair.
  • Pulling – If the front brake pads are worn down too far, your car will pull to one side or the other while braking You will also need to keep straightening the steering wheel.
  • Warning light – A warning light on the dash instrument panel will illuminate when the electronic-wear indicators indicate that the pads have worn down to a specified measurement.

A word of advice: Because brake components wear gradually, frequent inspections will keep you driving as safe as possible. Don’t let your brakes reach the hazardous stage before taking action. Ask for a brake inspection whenever you schedule a tire rotation or oil change service (generally about every six months).

Have more questions about how do you know when you need new brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Auto & Fleet Mechanic for more information about brake repair and to schedule an appointment for a full 23-point inspection. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Modesto, CA, and the surrounding area.

Judi Harvey
Auto & Fleet MechanicModesto Auto Repair

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