Are you worried about when brakesneed to be replaced? There is really no stated schedule for replacing the various components in the braking system. However, if you notice that it’s taking longer to come to a stop at a red light, it’s time for a brake replacement service.
There are six major warning signs that you should be aware of:
Noisy brakes – A lot of cars have built-in wear sensors that scrape against the brake disc when the pads need to be replaced. This creates an annoying screeching or squeaking sound. If you hear metal-on-metal grinding, the brake pads are probably complete worn down.
Vibrating – If the brake pedal pulsates under light or moderate braking, it could mean a warped disc.
Burnt smell – A burning smell while driving could mean brake fluid is leaking onto the hot motor.
Longer stopping distances – If you are pushing the brake pedal down to the floor to stop your car, it also means it is taking a long distance to come to a stop. Because brake linings wear gradually, it could reach the hazardous stage before you notice it.
Steering problems – If the steering wheel tugs or the car pulls to one side or the other while braking, the front brake pads are worn down too far.
Warning light – Some cars have electronic wear indicators that alert the driver if the pads wear down to a specified measurement. However, it is still best to rely on regular brake service.
Tip to remember: To keep driving as safe as possible, include a full brake inspection at every tire rotation service (about every six months)!
Do you know when brakes need to be replaced? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Rod’s Tire and Automotive for more information about a brake replacement service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Medina, TN, and the surrounding area.
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