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Top 3 Signs You Need New Brakes

Brakes being inspected at Harrell & Beverly

When it comes to vehicle safety, few components are as critical as your brakes, for obvious reasons! Responsible for slowing and stopping your car, brakes undergo significant wear and tear over time. Knowing when it's time to replace your brakes can help prevent accidents and ensure the continued safety of you and your passengers. Here are the top three signs that indicate you may need new brakes.

1. Squeaking or Grinding Noises:

One of the most common indicators of worn-out brakes is unusual noises when you apply the brakes. If you hear a high-pitched squealing or grinding sound when you press the brake pedal, it's a sign that your brake pads could be nearing the end of their lifespan. Brake pads are equipped with wear indicators that emit a squealing noise when they become too thin, indicating that it's time for a replacement. Ignoring these sounds can lead to further damage to your brake rotors and compromise your vehicle's braking performance.

2. Vibrations or Pulsations:

Another warning sign of worn-out brakes is vibrations or pulsations felt through the brake pedal or steering wheel when you brake. These vibrations often indicate that your brake rotors have become warped or unevenly worn, causing the brake calipers to apply uneven pressure to the rotors. Warped brake rotors can significantly impair your vehicle's braking ability, leading to longer stopping distances and increased risk of accidents. If you notice vibrations or pulsations while braking, it's essential to have your brakes inspected and serviced to prevent further damage.

3. Reduced Stopping Power:

Perhaps the most critical sign that you need new brakes is a noticeable decrease in stopping power. If it takes longer for your vehicle to come to a complete stop or if you need to press the brake pedal harder than usual to slow down, it's a clear indication that your brakes are worn out and need replacing. Reduced stopping power can compromise your ability to react to sudden stops or emergencies, putting you and your passengers at risk. Don't wait until it's too late—addressing brake issues promptly can prevent accidents and ensure your safety on the road.

Think you need new brakes? If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, don't hesitate to reach out to us!


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