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4 Signs That You Need to Have Your Brakes Repaired

When to replace your brake pads

Don’t know how to tell when to replace your brake pads?

Here are 4 signs that you need to replace your brakes.

Brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. For the safety of yourself and your passengers, it’s important to ensure that your brakes are always working correctly. One of the ways you can do that is to be on the lookout for signs of trouble.

While the brake light is the most straightforward way to be alerted to the need for brake maintenance, there are some other signs you should be on the lookout for.

1. You Are Hearing Strange NoisesMacs radiator wants to help you replace your brake pads

If you start to hear grinding, squealing or squeaking noises when you apply the brake pedal, you may have a problem. That’s because these high-pitch noises are usually a side effect of brake pads wearing down.

You’ll need to get your car to a mechanic to be checked out as soon as possible because the problem can get worse the longer you wait to have them fixed.

2. Your Steering Wheel is Vibrating

If your steering wheel is vibrating or pulling to one side when you put on the brakes your rotor may be experiencing trouble and in need of work.

3. Your Pedal Feels Squishy

When you put your foot to the pedal, does it feel squishy? Do you have to push harder on your brakes to get the car to slowdown or stop? This could mean you should your have brake fluid changed.

4. You Smell a Burning Odor

When you brake, do you smell a chemical or burning odor? This can happen when the brakes become overheated too often. If you are on the road and notice this smell, you can deal with it in the moment by stopping your car and letting your brakes cool down. From there, take the car to the mechanic so they can diagnose the problem.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to get your car to a mechanic as quickly as possible to replace your brake pads.





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