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How Do I Know If My Brakes Need Replacing?

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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.

If it's time to replace your brakes, our certified mobile mechanics can come to your location to service your car.

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