4 Reasons To Check Your Brakes

If you hear an odd sound or you worry that your vehicle's brakes are starting to fail, you should not put off having your car looked at. Having your brakes fail when on the freeway or trying to stop at an intersection can be disastrous. Here are some reasons to have your brakes checked now.

Odd Sounds

In order to avoid a major accident when your brakes go out, you want to pay attention to the small signs your brakes are giving you. The first is if you hear any odd sounds when applying the brakes. The most common sound you hear when your brake pads are starting to get thin is the loud, squeaking sound of metal on metal. This means your pads are wearing down and they need to be replaced right away. By this point, it is time to get to the mechanic immediately.


Do you notice vibrations of your entire vehicle when you step your foot on the brakes? This is a sign of a warped brake rotor, which can then cause your vehicle to vibrate. Not only will it cause these vibrations, but it can also make your brakes less effective. If you fail to get your brakes looked at and repaired in time, you may find that when you apply the brakes, your vehicle does not stop fast enough before hitting the vehicle in front of you. You may notice the vibrations more while going down a long hill.

Sinking Brake Pedal

If you have ever driven a vehicle where you barely had to touch the brake pedal to get it to stop the car, you know that not much pressure is needed. However, if you suddenly have to step harder on the brake pedal to where it sinks almost to the floor, this is a sign that you need new brakes. You may also notice that while the vehicle starts stopping with a moderate amount of pressure, the brake pedal starts sinking to the floor on its own until it is lifted again. This may mean something as simple as low brake fluid, so seeing a mechanic is crucial.

Pulling Sensation

The last sign that you need to have your brakes checked is if your car is making a pulling sensation whenever you put your foot on the brake pedal. This can either be from wearing of the brake pads, brake misalignment, or a foreign substance on the brake pads.

If you notice any of these signs, or if you brakes are being weird in any other way, take your car for a check up at a shop like Earl's Garage.