When to Check your Brakes - Cooperstown, NY

When Is It Time to Get Your Brakes Checked?

Your car’s brakes are an essential part of keeping you safe on the road. But how will you know when to get them serviced? If you hear or feel any of the following warning signs, your car is probably due for trip to Kevin’s Royal Auto for brake maintenance.

Unusual Sounds

Typically, your brakes shouldn’t make any strange sounds. Occasionally, after prolonged parking on a hill with your emergency brake, you might hear a small grunt after removing the emergency brake. But any other sounds on the road, such as grinding or squealing, could be an indication that your car’s brake pads need to be replaced.

Vibration

If you feel your brake pulsing under your feet, this might mean that the brake rotors are warped. You might feel the pulsing or vibration of your ABS system on wet or snowy roads, but if you feel a more intense vibration under normal road circumstances, you should get your brakes checked.

Pulling/Drifting

While you might not associate pulling or drifting with your brake system, unexpected pulling is actually a sign of a stuck caliper or uneven calipers. When you’re braking or turning, make sure you don’t feel pulled to one side. If you do, stop by the service department to have your calipers examined.

Pedal Problems

If your car’s brake pedal is behaving strangely, this is a clear sign that something is wrong with your brake system. If the pedal goes straight to the floor, this might mean a problem with the hydraulic system or with the brake pads. If the brake catches when you put your foot on it, this might mean that the rotor is worn unevenly.

Visibly Worn Brake Pad

You can actually see your vehicle’s brake pads by looking through the wheel spokes on your car’s tires. You’ll see the caliper and rotors, and, in between that, the brake pad. If the brake pad is any thinner than a quarter of an inch, you should get it replaced.

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