how often brake padsBrakes are one of the most critical safety components of your vehicle. Owning any vehicle, you will need to be able to identify signs of potential brake failure. Recognizing problems before they become serious is the key to cost-efficient auto maintenance and will help you avoid costly brake repairs and breakdowns. You don’t need to learn how brakes work to identify these four signs you need brake service, repair, or change. 

4 Signs of Impending Brake Failure

1. Screeching, Grinding, and Squeaking

Squealing and other unusual noises may be due to a possible problem with brake pads or shoes. Just like the tread on your tires from regular use, over time your brake pads will wear out over time. Worn pads can cause damage to other brake parts, which will lead to more costly auto repairs. So, if you hear grinding, squeaking, or screeching when you press the brakes, get your brake services at your local auto repair shop as soon as possible. 

2. Vibration While Braking

If you notice pulsating or vibrating sensation through your food on the brake pedal or your hands on the steering wheel, the cause may be from worn brakes. Don’t ignore this sign over time because it will develop into a bigger problem. Have a professional check your brakes to see if they need to be repaired or replaced.

3. Squishy Feeling or Less Effective Brake Pedal

When you press on the brake pedal, and it feels ‘squishy’, or you have to press it down further than normal to stop, then you are driving dangerously. When the ability to stop quickly is compromised, it could potentially put you in a hazardous or deadly situation. If you notice any of these signs, quickly visit an auto shop today. 

4. Pulling

If your vehicle ‘pulls’ to one side or the other while braking, then there’s likely an issue with the brakes. Have your brakes inspected and repaired at your local auto shop. They may find that all the brakes need is an adjustment or additional fluid. 

If you recognize any of these signs, it’s important that you go to an auto repair shop immediately. Brake inspections are generally quick, easy, and affordable. Don’t risk your safety of yourself and your passengers by ignoring these signs of potential brake failure that lead to costly repairs or fatal crashes. 

For brake repairs, tune-ups, and other auto repairs in the Elkin area, Jody Automotive Repair and Lube Shop has been serving local residents for years and continues to provide excellent service and top-notch auto repairs. 

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If your brakes are making sounds when you use them, such as squealing or grinding, contact us today at 336-258-2637 or on our website.