Signs You Need New Car Brakes

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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Torrieanto

11 years of experience
578 reviews
Torrieanto
11 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Clearwater, Florida
Amazing workmanship, pays attention to detail, and treated me like a person. Not as a number. Thank you very much Torrieantos!!
BMW 535i - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - St. Leo, Florida
He was fantastic, came on time, great communication, and took care of the service great. Thank you.

Nick

9 years of experience
12 reviews
Nick
9 years of experience
Toyota Corolla - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Elk Grove, California
I am very satisfied he was very professional and was quick and did an amazing job I would definitely recommend him!!

Robert

30 years of experience
596 reviews
Robert
30 years of experience
Jeep Wrangler - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Jose, California
Robert was very honest about not needing a service I had requested and was also committed to only using quality parts as to not cause troubles down the road. I highly recommend him and wouldn’t hesitate to have him work on issues in the future.

Alexander

5 years of experience
55 reviews
Alexander
5 years of experience
Lexus RX330 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - West Jefferson, Ohio
I had never heard of your mechanic but I am so GLAD that I did. My Lexus had a parking break issue so I could not move it. Alex came and looked over my SUV and verified it was the parking break but he also found that my rear brakes and rotors were horrible. When we tried to start it he found out the alternator was prohibiting it starting even tho I just got a new battery. Alex had to come back to do all of the work but it is done and we are grateful. Alex is so nice and so extremely knowledgeable. He is VERY car smart but humble. Answered every question we had. Just so grateful he was our mechanic for my vehicle. The price was VERY reasonable. We will definitely use your mechanic again and hopefully we will be able to get Alex.

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