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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Pardeep

20 years of experience
648 reviews
Pardeep
20 years of experience
Subaru Outback - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Jose, California
If I could give 6 stars out of 5 I would. Very friendly and accomodating. Please retain and take care of Pardeep.
Honda Odyssey - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Jose, California
Great service. Timely, efficient, and friendly. Also gave good advice on services I actually needed.

Andrew

14 years of experience
236 reviews
Andrew
14 years of experience
Ford Escape - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Portland, Oregon
Andrew has come to fix my car on two occasions and both times he was on time for the appointment, professional , and extremely thorough in his examination of my car and diagnosis. He is honest and straightforward as to what my vehicle actually needs done immediately, and what I can hold off on for awhile. Money can be tight sometimes, so I do appreciate that. I highly recommend this mechanic!

Christopher

19 years of experience
152 reviews
Christopher
19 years of experience
Honda Pilot - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Land O Lakes, Florida
Would book again. On time, knowledgeable and friendly. Will definitely have him on my next appointment.

Theodore

15 years of experience
1132 reviews
Theodore
15 years of experience
Subaru Outback - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Renton, Washington
We have had previous work done by Theodore. Really appreciate his thoroughness and professionalism!

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