Signs You Need Your Brakes Replaced

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Your car’s brake system is essential when it comes to safely traveling around Gulfport, Long Beach and Biloxi. Like any other component, however, brakes require maintenance-and they will one day need to be replaced. Make sure you keep your brakes in top shape with these signs you need your brakes replaced.

Brake Warning Light

If a brake warning light appears on your dashboard (typically, it’s the word “BRAKE” in red or orange along with an exclamation point), you should make an appointment at a service center right away.

Although a faulty sensor can sometimes trigger this warning, it often indicates any number of things, such as low brake fluid, worn pads, or a fluid leak. An expert technician can assess the situation and make the necessary fixes before a bigger problem develops. Just be sure to check your emergency brake first, as it can activate the light as well.

Unusual Noises

If you hear grinding, screeching, squealing or any other high-pitched sound when driving, it likely means that your brake pads need to be replaced. Brake pads apply the friction that stops your vehicle, so it’s important to make sure these are checked regularly-even if you don’t hear any unusual noises.

Shuddering, Scraping or Vibrating

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If you notice any shuddering, scraping or vibrating noises more severe than squeaking while applying your brakes, your vehicle is definitely trying to tell you something. In this case, it likely means that your rotors need attention.

Rotors can become warped throughout regular use, which can result in squealing or screeching noises as well as a shaking or scraping sensation. You’ll most likely notice this sensation either in the steering wheel or in the brake pedal itself. It’s always best to address this as soon as possible.

A Flimsy or Stubborn Pedal

When you own a vehicle, you tend to get used to the way it feels and sounds. There may come a time where you notice that the brake pedal feels different. It may be either too easy to press or too difficult.

If your brake pedal feels flimsy, it can indicate a hydraulic issue. You want your brake pedal to feel firm, and you want pressure to apply in an even and controlled way. If, on the other hand, you notice that pressing the brake pedal requires much more effort, it might mean that the power assist mechanism isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do.

A Strong Burning Odor

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A burning odor almost always means that something isn’t quite right. If you notice this-or see smoke coming from one or more of your wheels-it likely means that the brake pads are overheating. This is incredibly damaging and severely impacts your ability to stop effectively.

What To Do If There Are Signs You Need Your Brakes Replaced

If you have noticed any of these signs you need your brakes replaced, you’ll want to schedule an appointment at the Pat Peck Honda Service Department. Our knowledgeable technicians are experts on brakes and can handle any needed adjustments to keep you driving safely around Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi! Don’t wait-come and see us today!