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Are you hearing squeaking noises when you slow down your vehicle? Does the brake pedal feel soft and spongy? There are many signs your vehicle needs new brakes, some more alarming than others. In order to help you save time and money, here are the most common signs your car needs new brake pads, shoes, drums, rotors or calipers, and how quickly you should get each fixed by a trained, mobile mechanic.

The brakes make a squeaking noise

Brake noise is very common and can mean either your brakes are dirty, or they are worn down to the bare metal. If you are hearing squeaking when stopping but the braking performance is perfectly fine, chances are high your brakes just need to be cleaned. If you have drum brakes, they may also need to be adjusted if the self adjuster isn’t working properly. However, if the squeak is very loud and almost sounds like scrapping, it’s probably because your brake pads or shoes have worn down to to the metal and are scraping against the rotor or drum.

The brake pedals feel soft

A lack of braking pressure can be scary as it requires more pedal movement to stop the vehicle and often, a longer distance to come to a complete stop. This can be a result of leaking calipers, brake cylinders, brake lines, or air in the braking system.

The steering wheel shakes when braking

This common issues doesn’t always mean the brakes are bad - it usually means they’re simply deformed. A shaking steering wheel when braking is usually always a sign of a warped brake rotor. These can be fixed by having the rotor machined, or “turned,” but the longer you wait, the more likely the fix will require an entire brake rotor replacement.


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Theodore

14 years of experience
1091 reviews
Theodore
14 years of experience
Dodge Grand Caravan - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Bellevue, Washington
Second time using Theodore to service my van. He's always professional and detail oriented. He takes extra effort in tracking down issues and explains things well. Very customer oriented. Highly recommend.

Tung

14 years of experience
284 reviews
Tung
14 years of experience
Ram 1500 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Marietta, Georgia
Tung showed up on time and was very friendly. Changed my brake pads in about 30 minutes and gave me recommendations on when to change the rear pads. Will ask for him by name next time.

Victor

33 years of experience
105 reviews
Victor
33 years of experience
Chrysler Grand Voyager - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Have used Victor multiple times now for work on my vehicle. He is prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, and dependable. I never have to worry about a thing as Victor makes sure work is performed quickly, efficiently and and correctly.

Chuck

8 years of experience
120 reviews
Chuck
8 years of experience
Honda Odyssey - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Coppell, Texas
Had an appointment for replacing Front Brake Pads today. Chuck did a great job and completed the task before the schedule. I will surely refer yourmechanic to my friends as well. Happy Thanksgiving Chuck. Thanks again for your great service.

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