Generally speaking, there are many guidelines for how often you need to change your brakes. The amount of time you need between brake changes will be based on how you drive, how many miles have been driven and what type of vehicle you’re driving. In addition, you could do more city or highway driving which doesn’t require the use of brakes as often, thus pushing the frequency of brake changes out a little further. Today I’m sharing a few signs that you may need to call and schedule a brake repair or a brake service with your local dealership.
Brake Pedal Sinks
If your vehicle’s brakes are no longer responding as quickly as they used to or the brake pedal sinks to the floor, there’s something wrong. Your brake pedal should have some weight behind it and not sink to the floor. If you find that your vehicle’s brakes are no longer working as quickly as they used to or that you feel as if you “have no brakes” then call to get your vehicle in for a brake service today.
Vehicle Pulling When Braking
Have you found that your vehicle seems to pull to one side when you put your brakes on? This could be a sign that your brake lines are weakening or that one brake pad is wearing thinning than the other side. No matter what this vehicle pulling means, it surely is a sign to go get your brakes changed by a professional who can tell you what the exact issue is.
Pulsating Brake Pedal
A brake pedal that seems to be vibrating also referred to as pulsating when you place your foot down on it could mean that it’s time to change those brakes. This pulsating brake pedal could indicate a warped vehicle rotor or that your vehicle is out of alignment. Both of these reasons for a pulsating brake pedal are enough to make that vehicle brake repair service appointment with a dealership.
Loud Metallic Sound
If you can hear something that sounds like grinding or growling, such as metal grinding together when you place pressure on your brakes, well then it may be time to change your vehicle’s brakes. This noise means that your brake pads have worn down too thin and are ready to get replaced. They do not work much longer so call your local car dealership now to get in for brake service.
Reality is that brakes go bad quicker than probably anything else on your vehicle because they’re used on a daily basis. Think about how often you use your brakes when driving. It’s a feature of your vehicle that’s necessary for safety and every day driving. If you or someone you know is questioning whether they need to change the brakes on their vehicle or not, call your local dealership’s service center today and let them know what signs your vehicle is showing for brake concerns.