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Signs Your Car Needs New Brakes

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Why should you get your vehicle's brakes checked routinely?

Besides the fact that your vehicle needs good brakes and your brakes are what make your vehicle stop, getting general maintenance on your car is always a must.

If you feel like your vehicle is experiencing any of these warning signs, something could be wrong with your brake system and you should take it to an auto repair shop immediately.

Some warning signs include:

  • Your brake light being on

  • Grinding noises - these noises are usually heard when you stop your vehicle

  • Squeaking noises - when you hit your brakes hard, due to another vehicle cutting you off

  • Vibrations - this will happen as you are braking

If you aren't getting routine check-ups from your vehicle, you should start as soon as possible. Routine check-ups vary on mileage. Take a look at this site for more information on routine check-ups.

Getting routine brake maintenance is important because it allows your auto technician to detect what's wrong faster and see what needs to be done to fix the problem.

Services We Provide

Some services we provide as general maintenance for brakes are:

  • Brake Fluid Flushes

  • Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement

  • Caliper Replacement

Vehicle brake
Car Brakes
Photo by Daniela Gutierrez

One thing that could be the cause of your brake issues could simply be the brake pads and rotors. These two components of the brake system take a good amount of damage from the extreme friction that comes with braking. These two components fall apart more frequently and need more maintenance than other components in your vehicle’s brake system.

Another component of your brake system is hydraulic fluid. Hydraulic fluid is the fluid that converts the descending force of your brake pedal to the brake piston which makes your vehicle come to a stop. Hydraulic fluid can last a long time, but it’s important to get routine fluid flushes, that way moisture and air don’t get trapped in your brake lines.

If your brake lines have damage that means you may be in need of a caliper replacement. A caliper replacement is performed when your brake lines are leaking brake fluid, your pistons are sticking, or if your caliper is just worn or damaged.

One warning sign you wouldn’t be able to ignore is when your brake light is on. Whenever you see your vehicle’s brake light on you should either make arrangements to get your vehicle into a reliable auto repair shop or carefully drive yourself to an auto repair shop. Once at the auto repair shop, your vehicle will receive a brake system inspection. Once the inspection is completed an auto technician will let you know what exactly is wrong with your vehicle.

Take these warning signs into account and get your vehicle checked! If you ignore the signs, you could be involved in a major accident.

If you would like to read or learn more about the services we provide for brake maintenance, please take a look at our brake repair service page.

This article by Cox Toyota explains the importance of brake maintenance.

Have concerns regarding your brake system? Please feel free to call us at (210) 341-1171.

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