Signs that it’s Time for New Brakes
How to Know When You Need New Brakes
We don’t need to go through how important brakes are on your vehicle. We know that without them, you can’t stop and you end up crashing and necessitating a trip to the best auto body repair shop in Billings.
But what if your brakes don’t give off that scratching noise that is indicative of brake pad wear? What if you don’t know that your brakes are about to go out? We have put together a few tips to indicate that you need to see your mechanic right away so that you’re not driving along unable to stop.
Squealing brakes aren’t necessarily a sign that you need to have them replaced because they’re wearing out, but they are a sign that something isn’t quite right. The biggest culprit of the squeal: spills. Something got on the brake pads or the rotors and is causing a squealing noise. It will burn its way off soon.
If the noise doesn’t go away, then there is likely something else that’s wrong and it could be due to bad brake pads or worn brake pads.
Grinding Metallic Sounding Brakes
Modern brake pads have wear indicators built into them. These are small pieces of metal that will scratch when the brake pads have reached the end of their life. Usually you will hear it as a grinding metallic noise when the brakes are applied. If they go too long, that sound could occur even when you’re not pressing the pedal.
Squishy Brake Pedal
Can you push your brake pedal down and it doesn’t engage right away? Maybe it feels soft, squishy, or doesn’t seem to work as quickly as it should? Chances are that your brake pads may not be the issue. Instead, this is indicative of a leak in the braking system. Your brake fluid is likely leaking out due to a break in the line. You can check quickly at home by parking on a clean surface and pressing the brakes a few times. Brake fluid looks a lot like fresh motor oil.
Vibrations or Bouncing
As your brake pads wear down, they release a little bit of adhesive across the rotor as they “melt” away. It’s generally put down in a uniform smear, so you don’t notice it at all. When one pad gets overheated, it will distribute the adhesive in a less than uniform manner. The result is a shudder or vibration when you press on the brakes.
Brake Pads Thin
Want to know the for-sure method to tell that you need new brakes? A visual inspection of the pad itself will let you know. Many vehicles you have to pull off a wheel, but some you can look through the spokes to see. If the pad is less than ¼ inch thick, then you should take it in to have a professional look it over.
Big Sky Collision Center Wants No Accidents!
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we want to make sure that you’re safe on the road. Our blog is filled with details on how you can stay safe, driving tips, maintenance tips, and more. Ultimately, though, accidents will happen (sometimes due to animals and weather). If you need auto body repair, come to the best auto body repair shop in Billings.
Give us a call at 406-259-6328 to schedule a time to bring your vehicle in.