If you’re wondering How Can I Tell if I Need New Brakes, you’re in the right place! Brakes aren’t something most people think about until they suspect a problem. Brakes are perhaps the most important safety feature of any vehicle, so they’re definitely something you want to keep maintained & working well.
How Can I Tell if I Need New Brakes?
- Unusual Noises – Squeaking, Squealing, or Grinding is usually a sign that your brakes are ready for replacement. If you just get the occasional squeak or squeal, you may just have brakes that are glazed, which is a cheap & easy fix and usually doesn’t require a new set. If you get squeaking or squealing more often, it may be the brake pad wear indicator or “squealer” hitting the rotor. This is an early warning device to let you know your brakes are worn to the point of needing replacement. A grinding noise when braking is usually the result of brake pads or shoes that are completely worn, and are now metal-on-metal. You’ll want to get your brakes checked ASAP if this is the case.
- Low Brake Fluid – If your brake fluid reservoir is nearing the ‘Low’ mark, and you’re not noticing spots on the ground under your vehicle (which would indicate a leak), this is another sign your brakes are due for replacement. As your brake pads wear, the pistons in your brake calipers move further and further outwards towards the rotors. This extra distance creates more brake fluid volume in the calipers, which lowers the level of fluid in the reservoir.
- Your Eyes – If you cam see your brake calipers (the metal, crescent shaped parts behind your car’s wheels), you may be able to visually inspect your car’s brake pads yourself. If you find it difficult to see the pads, your cell phone camera or a small mirror may help you get the right angle. If you have 1/4″ or more of friction material on your brake pads, you have a bit of time before you need new brakes. Any less, and you’ll want to plan on a trip to your mechanic soon.
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