When Do I Need New Brakes?

May 9th, 2013 by
Brake Job

Your brakes are pretty much your most important safety feature. If you didn’t have them, then you wouldn’t get too far without crashing into something. This is why it’s important to be extra vigilant about replacing your brake pads. Here a few signs indicating you need new brakes or that they need to be looked at.

Brake Noise

Fortunately, it’s really not that tough to tell when you need new brakes. Modern disc brakes have what’s called a wear indicator built into them. It’s a piece of metal that will emit a squealing brake noise when the pads are worn down too much. When you hear that noise, it’s time to schedule a service appointment at Bosak Honda.

On the other hand, if you hear something harsher than just squealing like grinding or scraping, then you might have some serious problems. This is either because you’ve worn down the brake pads completely and the calipers are making direct contact with the rotors or debris has gotten in the brakes themselves.

Vibrating Brakes

Unless it’s an emergency situation where the antilock brakes have been activated, brakes shouldn’t vibrate. This can happen sometimes when the pads get worn down, but it can be cause for greater concern and shouldn’t be ignored. Most likely, a rotor has somehow gotten distorted. Rotors and calipers can get warped when cars aren’t treated well or during poor road conditions.

Check for Brake Fluid Leaks

Before taking off, take a second to look around by your wheels for accumulated grime. Brake fluid looks a little oily, but is mostly clear. If you see anything that looks like this on the ground, you might have a brake fluid leak. This is why it seems like you’re always refilling the brake fluid.

Brake Pedal Signals

In addition to noises and strange vibrations, your pedals will likely tell you when it’s time for new brakes. If the pedal requires pushing it all the way to the floor, then it’s time to get them looked at. On the other hand, if the brakes are way too sensitive, then there is also a problem going on, though it’s probably not that your brake pads need replacing.

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