5 Signs you may need new brakes

5 Quick Signs you need New Brakes

  1. Look and Listen

First, check for wear by looking at your brake pads through the spaces between the wheel’s spokes. The outside pad will be pressed against a metal rotor. Generally, there should be at least 4.5mm of pad. If you see less than 4.5mm of pad, you may want to have your brake pads inspected or replaced. Have you ever heard a high-pitched screeching sound when you applied your brakes? That’s a small metal shim, called an indicator, which is giving you an audible warning that you need to replace your brake pads. Good brake pads have 12mm on them. Anything 4.5mm or lower need to be replaced sooner rather than later.

  1. Reduced Responsiveness

If your brakes are not as responsive as they should be or if the pedal “sinks” toward the floor, this could be an indication of a leak in the braking system. It could be an air leak or a brake fluid leak. One telltale sign of a brake fluid leak is the presence of a small puddle of fluid when the car is parked. Brake fluid looks like fresh motor oil, but with a less “slimy” texture.

  1. Pulling

If your vehicle “pulls” to one side while braking, it may be a sign that the brake linings are wearing unevenly.

  1. Grinding

This loud metallic sound means that you have worn down the pads completely and will most likely need replacement. The grinding or growling noise is caused by the two pieces of metal (the disc and the caliper) rubbing together. This can “score,” or scratch your rotors, creating an uneven surface.

  1. Vibration

A vibration or pulsating brake pedal is often a symptom of warped rotors (but can also indicate that your vehicle is out of alignment).

The brake system is often overlooked until there is a problem. Regular scheduled maintenance can help prolong or discover an issue before it presents itself. The braking system is a safety part and never something you want to wait to get looked at. If you notice one of the signs listed above, make sure you get it to American Tire and Automotive as soon as possible. We offer FREE brake inspection, no appointment needed. A brake inspection is part of our safety inspection, which is preformed during every service. AMTIREAUTO.com

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