Five Signs You Need Brake Repair Service

The brake pads on your vehicle do wear out over time and need to be replaced. Most modern models use disc-type brakes on all four wheels that include wear sensors. On other models, including older vehicles, you could have drum-type brakes on the rear wheels, which do not have wear sensors.

Fortunately, there are several signs you can watch for that will let you know when you need brake repair service .

  1. The car pulls to the left or right when you press on the brakes. This indicates the pads should be inspected because something is wrong.
  2. You have to push the brake pedal down farther than normal to get the car to stop. When pads are near the end of their usefulness, they are thin, so they will affect how far you have to push on the brake pedal.
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  4. The brake pedal vibrates or shakes when you step on it. This means something is wrong with the pads, and they need to be checked.
  5. You notice you have squeaky, squealing brakes when you drive or first step on the brake pedal. This is the wear sensor we mentioned earlier, alerting you it is time to replace the brakes.
  6. You hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when you step on the brakes. This means the pads are completely gone and the rotors and/or drums are being damaged.
  7. If you notice any of the above brake problems, please feel free to stop by your nearest Tire Pirates location in Calgary today or call us at (403) 907-0394 or 1-403-640-0500!

Five Signs You Need New Brakes

The brake pads make up just one of several different components of the entire braking system, which also includes:

  • Rotors
  • Brake Lines
  • Brake Fluid
  • Pistons
  • Springs
  • ABS (Antilock Braking System) Sensors

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Over time, these parts and components do wear out and will need to replaced, repaired, or serviced. Most modern vehicles have several early detection options to let you know when you should replace your brake pads .

  1. High-Pitched Whining Sound – Most brake pads have wear sensors on them, and this whining or screeching sound starts to be heard when the pad has reached the point it needs to be replaced.
  2. Soft, Squishy Brakes – If you notice you are having to press harder on the brake pedal, and it goes almost to the floor, something is wrong with the braking system and it needs to be serviced.
  3. Metal-on-Metal Grinding – If you ignored the sound the brake pad sensor was making, eventually all the pad is worn off the brake and now you will hear metal-on-metal grinding as you stop. At this point, you are causing damage to the rotors, too.
  4. Vibrating Brake Pedal – If the brake pedal vibrates and the ABS is not active, there is a problem with the braking system.
  5. Pulling – If the vehicle pulls to the left or right when you stop, this could indicate the rotor and brake pads are not contacting evenly and the brakes should be inspected.

If you notice any of the above symptoms, it is best to bring your vehicle into Tire Pirates for a brake inspection. Feel free to stop by one of our Calgary locations in the Foothills and Chinook areas or call us at (403) 907-0394 or (403) 907-0431 today!