When to Repair Your Brakes

Your car’s brakes are one of the most important safety features, so it’s important to keep them in good working order. But how can you tell when they need to be repaired? Here are some signs to look out for.

Squealing or Grinding Noises

If you hear any squealing or grinding noises when you brake, it’s time to take your car in for repair. These noises usually indicate that your brake pads are wearing down and need to be replaced. Catching this problem early is important because if you let the pads wear down too much, they can damage your rotors (the metal discs that your pads press against to stop your wheels from turning). That damage can be expensive to fix.

Leaking Fluid

If you notice any fluid leaking from your car, it’s always best to get it checked out by one of our expert mechanics as soon as possible. One type of fluid leak that can indicate brake problems is brake fluid leaking from your master cylinder. The master cylinder contains the fluid that helps power your brakes, so if there’s a leak, it could mean that your brakes won’t work properly. Other types of brake fluid leaks can also cause problems, so it’s always best to have them checked out by a professional.

Soft or Spongy Brake Pedal

If pressing your brake pedal feels soft or spongy instead of firm, that could indicate that there is air in your brake lines. Air in the lines can prevent your brakes from working properly, so it’s definitely something you want to get fixed right away.

As you can see, there are several signs that indicate it’s time for brake repair. If you notice any of these problems with your car’s brakes, be sure to bring them into our shop as soon as possible so they can diagnose and fix the problem. Remember, keeping your brakes in good working order is crucial for maintaining the safety of you and your passengers while on the road.

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