Is It Time For New Brakes?
The braking system is one of the most vital parts of a car. Unfortunately for drivers, brake pads are one of the most inconsistent maintenance items. Brake wear depend largely on how you drive, where you drive, and the climate you live in.
Brakes are known for making a loud, high-pitched screeching sound when they need to be replaced. There are three possible reasons for your brakes to screech. First, your brake pads are worn and the manufacturer built in a piece of metal to alert you. Second, your brake pads are almost completely gone and the calipers are scraping against the rotors. Third, you haven’t driven for a while; in that case, the sound will go away after braking a few times. If the sound doesn’t go away, get to the service department as soon as possible.
If you look through the spokes on your wheel, odds are you can actually see the brakes. The outside pad should be pressed against the rotor. Make sure there’s at least a quarter-inch of pad left.
If there’s a vibration in the brake pedal, odds are you either have warped rotors or improperly aligned tires. Another indicator of a braking problem if pulling. If the car pulls to one side when braking, the brake lines might be wearing unevenly or there’s something in the brake fluid.