Brakes are one of the essential things on a car. While it is important to have a properly running engine, the brakes are needed to stop the vehicle. If the brakes are not working correctly, it doesn’t matter if the car is running, because it isn’t safe to drive it. As brakes wear down, it takes the car longer and longer to come to a stop.
At 60 mph, it takes an average vehicle 4.6 seconds to come to a complete stop. As brakes wear down, that time increases. It is important to know when you are in need of new brakes. Sometimes that comes in between inspection services, so it is up to the driver to recognize the signs. If you suspect that you need new brakes, contact the dealership.
Look at the brakes:
When looking at the tires, you can see the brake pad. The brake pad determines how well the brakes work; This causes the friction that stops the car. There should be at least 1/4 inch of brake pad left. If there is less than 1/4 inch, replace the brakes.
If you hear a Squealing Sound
Brakes usually come with a squealer on it. This squealer causes a high pitch noise when the driver presses on the brakes. This noise is supposed to let the driver know that new brakes are needed. Ignoring this sound can lead to more damage than just requiring new brakes. It can cause damage to the rotors as well.
Listen for a Grinding Sound
If there is a grinding sound when you press on the brakes, this could mean that the brakes need to be replaced. Once the grinding sound starts, it is also a possibility that the rotors are getting warped and may need to be replaced.
Pressing the brake to the floor
As breaks start to wear down, the brake pedal might need to be pressed further down. Sometimes, the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor. This could mean it is time to add brake fluid. If the brake fluid is full, the breaks need to be replaced.
Pulling to one side
When breaks wear in unevenly, the car may try to pull to one side when stopping.
If there is a vibration in the pedal/car as you press the brake, the brakes have worn down. It could show that the rotors are starting to warp. Be sure to get the brakes checked right away.