How to Tell if Your Chevy Needs New Brake Pads

How to Tell if Your Chevy Needs New Brake Pads | Garland, TX

Brakes are one of the most important safety features of any vehicle. Among the many components that make up a brake system, brake pads are susceptible to the most wear and tear and need to be replaced at regular intervals. The following are some of the signs that your ride may need new brake pads.

The car squeals when you brake

Brake pads are intentionally designed to squeal after they have been almost completely worn down. If you hear a squealing noise when you brake, that means it’s time to come in for maintenance. If you wait too long, that squealing will turn into grinding.

The brake pedal vibrates when pressed

In driving conditions that lead brakes to overheat, it’s possible for brake pads to become warped, also known as “glazing.” Consequently, you may feel a vibration or pulsation when using the brake pedal.

The car pulls to one side when you brake

Brake pads don’t necessarily wear down at the same rate. If one pad gets thinner faster than the pad on the other side, the car may pull in one direction when you use the brakes. Get that checked before it puts unnecessary stress on the steering mechanism.

There are other ways to tell that your brakes may need maintenance, like hearing a clicking noise, or simply being able to tell that the brakes don’t work as well as they used to. If you notice any of these symptoms or just suspect you have a braking issue, schedule a service appointment at Jupiter Chevrolet in Garland, Texas. We’ll get your Chevy sorted out.

Chevy Traverse Ranked Among Best All-Wheel-Drive SUVs of 2021

2022 Chevrolet Traverse | Garland, TX

The availability of all-wheel drive is one of the reasons that SUVs are the most popular type of vehicle at the moment. But not all AWD systems are created equal, or SUVs that use them. According to U.S. News & World Report, a few stand out above the others — including the new Chevrolet Traverse, which it featured in its list of the 12 Best All-Wheel-Drive SUVs in 2021.

The midsize Chevy Traverse is a three-row SUV with room for up to eight people. Under the hood, it has a 310-horsepower V6 engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. On all but the base L trim, AWD is an available option, giving the vehicle enhanced traction when accelerating in low-grip conditions.

When AWD is equipped, the Traverse also comes with a Drive Mode Selector that lets the driver choose between FWD and AWD. This makes it possible to enjoy AWD capability when you need it while still getting the enhanced fuel economy of FWD when extra traction isn’t necessary. The AWD system also comes with an Off-Road setting.

According to U.S. News editor Jim Gorzelany, the Traverse’s suspension “delivers a pleasingly smooth ride over all but the most pockmarked pavement.” In other words, it’s a great SUV regardless of whether it has AWD or not…but it does have AWD if you want it. Learn more about the Chevy Traverse by paying a visit to Jupiter Chevrolet in Garland, Texas!