How Do I Know If I Need New Brakes?

How Do I Know If I Need New Brakes?

We put together a list of brake symptoms to help you know if you need new brakes.

  1. The brake warning light stays on the dash while driving.
  2. Squealing is heard from the brakes while reversing the vehicle.
  3. The steering wheel shakes while applying the brake pedal.
  4. You can hear grinding or squealing when applying the brake pedal.
  5. The emergency brake no longer holds the vehicle when the brake is applied.
  6. The brake pedal feels soft, spongy, or slow to respond.
  7. The brake pedal does not engage the brakes at it’s normal height.
  8. The stopping distance increased beyond the usual stopping distance.
  9. Vehicle pulls to one side when applying the brakes.

If any of these braking symptoms are present, you could need new brakes.

We always recommend to have your brake system inspected by a professional to determine if you need new front brakes, new rear brakes, new brake master cylinder, new brake hose, lines, or any other brake component.

Do I really need new brakes?

It’s also possible that you have one these brake symptoms and you might not need new brakes. 

In our auto repair facility, we have seen brake noise and grinding be caused by some road debris, overheating of the brakes, poor quality brake parts, or very cold weather.

Remember... have your brakes inspected before doing any brake work. You may not need new brakes and we don't want you to waste your money.

What are the symptoms of worn brake pads?

Worn brake pads can exhibit symptoms ranging from squeaking, grinding, squealing, creaking, all the way to smoke coming off the brakes when you apply the brakes.

Typically before you get these brake symptoms, you will start hearing noise from your brake warning indicator sensor. Any of these symptoms are certainly signs that you might need new brakes.

Do you have more questions about if you need new brakes?

If you have any more questions about if you need new brakes, would like some help with brake repair or service, please feel free to call us at 650-946-1856, text us at 650-750-8233, or make an appointment.


Disclaimer: This article is provided for general informational purposes only.  It is not intended as advice for your particular vehicle, and should not be relied upon for that purpose.  Please consult a qualified automotive maintenance professional to determine the maintenance and repair needs for your vehicle.

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