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Is It Time For New Brakes On Your Vehicle?

By Bill DeBoer on Jun 24, 2021 11:45:00 AM

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The brakes on your vehicle are likely the most common component you take for granted. When you need to stop or slow down, you step on the brake pedal without even questioning whether the brakes will fail or operate correctly. It’s important to pay attention to your vehicle when driving and get any braking issues resolved as quickly as possible. Here are some symptoms to be aware of that might indicate you need new brakes.

Lack Of Responsiveness

If your brake pedal isn’t responding the way it usually does or how you would expect it to, you could have a brake problem. This lack of responsiveness could mean it’s not stopping quickly enough, or you have to press the pedal all the way to the floor to get the vehicle to stop.

Does The Vehicle Pull One Way When Engaging The Brakes?

Your car gives you clear signs when you need new brakes.Another test you can do for your brake system is to take your hands off the steering wheel while driving and press the brake pedal gently. If the vehicle pulls one way or the other, it’s a clear sign you have a problem with the brakes and need to get the issue addressed immediately. 

Grinding Or Squealing Noises When Applying The Brakes

Grinding or squealing noises when applying the brakes are the most common symptoms of faulty or worn-out brakes. The good thing about these noises is they are very obvious to anyone who is in or around the vehicle so they won’t go unnoticed. Any time you hear these noises, you should have the vehicle checked out as soon as possible.

Vibrations In The Brakes

If your brake pedal or the steering wheel vibrates when you engage the brake pedal, it’s a sign of a brake issue. It’s easy to ignore this issue since it’s not making a loud noise and seemingly not impacting your brakes, but you should still have the issue addressed with a mechanic.

At DeBoer’s Auto, we tell our customers to look, listen, and feel when it comes to their brake system. Look at your wheels to see if there’s excessive brake dust on one or more. Listen for any unusual noises when you use the brakes as discussed. You can also feel the wheels after driving to see if one wheel is hotter than the other. If you are experiencing any issues with your brakes or would like more tips about how to maintain your vehicle, contact us at any time.

Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.