Your car’s brakes are one of the most critical components on your vehicle as they ensure that you are able to slow down and stop safely, which makes it vital that you have your brakes serviced on a regular basis. However, aside from taking your car to the shop to have your brakes inspected, how else will you know if it is time to have your brakes serviced and your brake pads replaced? Fortunately, your car will begin to give off warning signs alerting you to when your brakes need servicing. Here are a few of the most common top signs you can look out for in your vehicle indicating that your brakes need to be serviced.
You Hear Squealing, Squeaking, or Grinding Noises
One of the clearest signs that it is time to have your brakes serviced is if you are hearing any sounds when you are braking. Your car’s braking system is designed with sensors and indicators that make certain sounds that let you know when your brakes need servicing. Thusly, if you are hearing a high-pitched squeaking or squealing noise when you are braking, then it is likely that your brake pads need to be replaced, as worn brake pads will begin to emit high-frequency sounds. If you begin to hear noises when you brake you will want to have your brakes serviced as soon as possible as those squealing noises can turn into a grinding sound. This grinding indicates that your brake pads are worn down completely and are grinding on your rotors, which can cause costly damage.
You Feel Vibrations When Braking
Another indicator that your car’s brakes need servicing is if you feel any usual vibrations when braking. While anti-lock brakes may pulsate very quickly when you come to a sudden stop, you should not be able to feel any kind of vibrations during normal braking. These vibrations are often a sign of damaged rotors that is causing you to feel these vibrations as your brake pads move against the damaged rotors. You will then want to have your brakes serviced immediately in order to ensure safe braking and prevent further damage.
These are a few of the most common signs indicating that your car’s brakes need serving. Contact us to learn more about how you will know when it is time to have your brakes serviced.