Properly working brakes are an essential part of your vehicle. Worn out brake pads are a huge safety risk on the road for yourself and the surrounding traffic. We take brake repair seriously, and we want you to know the warning signs when your brakes are in need of repair. Bring your vehicle into Auto Works if:

  • You hear squealing sounds when braking. When your brake pads are worn down, you’ll hear a squeal whenever you brake.
  • The brake pedal feels softer or hits the floor when you press on it. This could be due to a variety of problems, but you need to get it checked out right away.
  • You hear grinding or screeching. This sound is more alarming than a squeal and can be an indicator that your brake pads have completely worn away. This will severely damage the entire brake system, so get your car inspected ASAP.
  • The indicator light is illuminated on the dash. Not all cars have this feature, but if yours does and you see it come on, bring your car in.
  • Your brakes haven’t been replaced for over 35,000 miles. Now, this number isn’t a hard and fast rule. If you’re someone who brakes often due to the environment you’re in (like stop and go traffic in the city) then this is a good milestone to go by. However, if you don’t find yourself in this situation or don’t have to slam on your brakes often, your brake pads’ life span will be a bit longer. It’s best to go by the three rules above, but it can be helpful to have a bit of a head’s up as to when you’ll start hearing squealing.

To help prevent the lifespan of your brake pads, here are a few quick tips:

  • Drive slower. Slower speeds mean a smaller amount of force on the brakes.
  • Take out unnecessary heavy items in your car. The lighter the vehicle, the less force it takes to stop it.
  • Don’t brake when you don’t have to. If you can take your foot off the gas to slow down rather than brake, then your brake pads won’t wear as quickly.

Whether the issue is brake pads, brake rotors, or calipers, Auto Works can get your brakes back in shape. This is also a great time to get started on maintenance before winter, so give us a call today!