When it comes to replacing brakes on a car, it is not always evident when repairs are needed. Regular seasonal car maintenance can help owners keep up with normal wear and tear, but here are a few signs to look for as well.
A High-Pitched Squeal
Sometimes you can tell that the car needs new brakes simply by listening. The braking system can have a loud, high-pitched squeal when the brake pads need to be replaced. Many brakes are designed to make this noise to help notify the owner it is time for brake pad replacement. If there is also a loud grinding sound, that means a technician should see the car as soon as possible. At this point, the pads have worn down completely and metal is grinding against the rotors, and the repairs will go beyond brake pad replacement. This is costlier in the long run.
Vibration When Pedals Are Applied
If the brake pedals are being applied and the driver detects vibration, then it is best to schedule car maintenance and have the brake pads examined. Brake pads should not give off a vibrating motion when they are being applied – a well-maintained braking system slows the car smoothly and evenly. This can occur when the car is braked quickly and frequently, but there may be other underlying issues as well.
Brakes That Need to Have a Great Deal of Pressure to Work
Ideally, brakes should not have to be pressed all the way to the floor in order for the car to stop. When the brake pads are worn down all the way, they might only respond to this amount of pressure. In this case, it is best to have car maintenance as soon as possible, so the brakes continue to stop the car predictably, safely, and reliably.
No matter what the case might be, if drivers find their brakes are not working as well as they once were, it is best to go to the mechanic right away. Simple tasks such as replacing brakes or changing oil should be done routinely. This way your vehicle will continue operating smoothly before costly or dangerous problems arise.