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4 Signs That You Need New Auto Brakes

There are many aspects of your vehicle that you need to monitor to make sure that it is in peak working condition. This is especially true when it comes to your brakes. They are a part that gradually gets worse over time, which means that the changes may not be that noticeable. That's why it's important to be on the lookout for these signs that you need to get new brake pads for your vehicle. 

Warning Light

If you have a more modern vehicle, it's possible that you have a warning light that indicates that the brake pads are worn down. However, that light can often mean one of many potential problems. You'll need to take your vehicle to an auto shop or auto parts store to hook up a computer to your vehicle and read the error code. You'll then be able to identify the exact problem with your brakes and then make the necessary repairs. Hopefully, the problem is as simple as worn-down brake pads that need to be replaced. 

Pulling or Vibration

Pay attention to what happens when you apply pressure to the brake pedal. It is not normal to feel vibrations when you use the brakes, since it means that the brake pads are worn down in an uneven manner. It's also possible that your vehicle pulls to one side of the road because the brake pads on one side of the vehicle are worn down more than the other. 

Another potential problem related to pulling or vibration is warped rotors. A mechanic can check the condition of the rotors to see if that is the cause of the problem. Thankfully, it is possible to repair warped rotors instead of completely replacing them.

Stopping Power Issues

Issues with stopping power mean that you need to press down harder on the brake pedal to get your car to slow down. While it can be an issue related to the brake pads, it can also be a problem caused by brake lines that are damaged. You'll definitely want to have your vehicle inspected before just replacing the brake pads because there could be another issue that is a bigger concern. 

Squeaking Noises

Were you aware that brake pads are designed to intentionally make a squeaking noise when they are worn down? There is actually a wear bar made out of metal within the brake pad. When the pad is worn down to the point where that wear bar is exposed, it will create metal-on-metal contact with the rotor that causes a squeaking noise. This is a clear sign that your brake pads need to be replaced. 

Contact a professional for more information about new auto brakes and brake pads.