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.