How Do I Know If My Brakes Need Replacing?

Your car’s brakes are among the most important components of your car, which is why it’s crucial to know when they need replacing. Brakes work by creating friction with the tires, so they will eventually wear out and can start causing damage to other parts of the car. Don’t get caught on the road with faulty brakes.

Here are four ways to check if your brakes need replacing:

  1. Brake Light - the easiest sign: The Brake Warning Light turns on. Sure, it sounds simple enough, but we often tend to ignore warning lights despite their importance. Do not drive your car.

  2. Squeaking or grinding noise whenever the brakes are applied: If it sounds like a whistle got caught in the exhaust pipe, it’s time to replace your brakes. Use caution when driving.

  3. Steering wheel becomes shaky: That could indicate a problem with your brakes. Similarly, pulsations in the brake pedal can also point to an issue. Do not drive the car; have one of our mechanics come to you.

  4. Increased stopping distance: If you have to start applying your brakes much earlier than usual, it’s a sign you need to change your brakes. Use caution to drive to a safe place.

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Chuck

10 years of experience
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Chuck
10 years of experience
Acura RDX V6-3.5L - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Plano, Texas
Very professional. Was running late from previous job and called ahead to let me know. Worked efficiently. So nice not to have to drive far and sit in a waiting room for hours to get the job done.
Toyota Highlander - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Rowlett, Texas
Chuck was great! We talked via phone to discuss the available options to repair my Highlander. He worked with me to schedule a time that was convenient for me, and he arrived early for the appointment. He walked me through some of the other issues that exist on my 2008 Highlander which has 223k miles. His feedback on my car was clear and easy to understand.

Pardeep

21 years of experience
1068 reviews
Pardeep
21 years of experience
Mini Cooper L4-1.6L - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Sunnyvale, California
Pardeep was prompt and communicated well during the whole process. He completed the service in record time.
Honda Civic - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Jose, California
Pardeep was on time for the appt, actually early, and finished quickly and efficiently. Thank you very much.

Refugio

21 years of experience
106 reviews
Refugio
21 years of experience
Toyota Sienna V6-3.5L - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Antonio, Texas
Refugio is our top choice mechanic! He works with you and came early since we were available. He is honest about the work that needs to be done and we have never had trouble with our vehicles after his repairs.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Antonio, Texas
He was respectful, prompt, courteous, and professional. He is a no nonsense guy who did the job above my expectations and is the standard from which all other mechanics are judged by (in my book)

Raymond

27 years of experience
223 reviews
Raymond
27 years of experience
Mini Cooper L4-1.6L - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Victorville, California
Raymond was great! I didn't feel like his recommendations for other services are forced which I really appreciate. Will definitely use his services again!

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