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Ever wonder how do you know when you need new brakes? One sure sign is if you are sliding to a stop at red lights even though you are pressing hard on the brake pedal. If this is happening, it may be time for a brake replacement.

Unfortunately, there is no stated schedule in your owner’s manual as to when brakes should be replaced. It mainly depends on how your brakes are wearing, which is largely determined by your driving style and conditions.

So how do you know when you need new brakes? Here are six obvious signs to watch for:

  • Noisy brakes – Screeching or squealing sounds or a metal-on-metal grinding sound is created when the built-in wear sensors scrape against the brake disc when the pads need replacing.
  • Vibrating – A warped disc will cause the brake pedal to pulsate under light or moderate braking.
  • Leaking brake fluid – A burning smell while driving could mean brake fluid is leaking onto the hot motor.
  • Longer stopping distances – If you have to push the brake pedal down to the floor, it is taking you too long 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.
  • Dash Warning light – Newer cars have electronic-wear indicators if the pads wear down to a specified measurement. However, a visual inspection is still the best way to check the condition of your brakes.

Tip to remember: Ask for a brake inspection at every tire rotation service (about every six months).

How do you know when you need new brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Expert Car Care today for more information about a brake replacement and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of West Allis, WI, and surrounding area.

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How do you know when you need new brakes? Schedule brake replacement at Expert Car Care Inc to make sure your vehicle is stopping as safe as possible.
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May
2019

Ever wonder how do you know when you need new brakes? One sure sign is if you are sliding to a stop at red lights even though you are pressing hard on the brake pedal. If this is happening, it may be time for a brake replacement.

Unfortunately, there is no stated schedule in your owner’s manual as to when brakes should be replaced. It mainly depends on how your brakes are wearing, which is largely determined by your driving style and conditions.

So how do you know when you need new brakes? Here are six obvious signs to watch for:

  • Noisy brakes – Screeching or squealing sounds or a metal-on-metal grinding sound is created when the built-in wear sensors scrape against the brake disc when the pads need replacing.
  • Vibrating – A warped disc will cause the brake pedal to pulsate under light or moderate braking.
  • Leaking brake fluid – A burning smell while driving could mean brake fluid is leaking onto the hot motor.
  • Longer stopping distances – If you have to push the brake pedal down to the floor, it is taking you too long 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.
  • Dash Warning light – Newer cars have electronic-wear indicators if the pads wear down to a specified measurement. However, a visual inspection is still the best way to check the condition of your brakes.

Tip to remember: Ask for a brake inspection at every tire rotation service (about every six months).

How do you know when you need new brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Expert Car Care today for more information about a brake replacement and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of West Allis, WI, and surrounding area.

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