How Do I Know If I Need New Brakes?

Mechanic looking at brakes

Having brakes that work on your car is very important as they are the only part of your vehicle that helps you slow down and come to a complete stop. Since the brakes of your vehicle are so important, you should know how to check them to ensure they are in good working condition. For many drivers, this is something they just don’t know how to do. For the safety of yourself and others on the road, we’re here to help you learn how you can tell if your vehicle needs new brakes. Keep reading to learn more about the signs to look out for that will tell you your vehicle’s brakes are starting to fail and when you should replace them.

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3 Signs Your Brakes Are Starting To Fail

There are several signs to look out for that will help you know if your vehicle’s brakes are starting to fail and if you know what they are, you’ll know when to replace them. Below, you’ll find the top five signs of failing brakes, so be sure to keep your eyes and ears open.

  1. Squealing Sound. One of the easiest ways to know if your brakes are failing is to keep your ears open. If you hear a squealing sound when applying pressure to your vehicle’s brakes, chances are your brakes need to be replaced. The squealing sound is an indication that your brake pads are worn down.
  2. Vehicle Pulls to One Side When Braking. If you notice your vehicle pulls to one side when you apply its brakes, this is an indication that you may need new brakes or brake pads.
  3. Low Brake Fluid Levels. Vehicles use brake fluid every time the brake pedal is pressed. Your brakes would not be able to function without this fluid, so it is important to ensure that your vehicle has enough brake fluid at all times. Many times, low brake fluid levels are another indication you need new brakes.

If you’re already noticing any of the three signs above, schedule an appointment to have your brakes replaced immediately. The automotive service professionals at Parkway Nissan of Stoney Creek are here to help take care of all your brake problems, so be sure to visit or contact our service department the next time your vehicle needs new brakes in Hamilton, ON.

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