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If you’re sliding through stop signs, it is time to service your brakes. The last thing you want is to be the cause of an accident because you were unable to stop. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut schedule that tells you when it's time to replace brakes, so you need to rely on your ears and the advice of an experienced auto repair technician. Most vehicle owners have a tire rotation about every six months, so that is also a good time to have the brakes inspected.

Schedule a brake service as soon as possible if you notice any of the signs of braking problems below:

  • Dashboard warning light -- Some cars incorporate electronic wear indicators that alert the driver with a dashboard warning if the pads reach minimum thickness. Because this feature typically comes on expensive luxury cars, it's better to rely on regular brake inspections. If the brake warning light comes on while driving, that probably means your brake system is low on fluid or a problem with the brake master cylinder.
  • Squealing -- Many cars have built-in wear sensors that scrape against a brake disc when the pads need replacing. You will hear an annoying screeching sound when applying the brakes (or when the brakes are released). Squeaking, squealing, metal-on-metal grinding (a sign that brake pads are entirely gone) are other noises that indicate wear. Some minor noises can be eliminated by cleaning the brakes.
  • Vibrating -- Wobbling, vibration or scraping may be felt when applying the brake pedal. If the brake pedal pulsates under light or moderate braking, it could mean a warped disc.
  • Leaking brake fluid -- A burning smell while driving could mean brake fluid is leaking and getting onto hot metal.
  • Longer stopping distances -- When you apply the brakes your foot goes down farther, closer to the floor. Because brake linings wear gradually, you may not notice it until it has reached the hazardous stage.
  • Car pulls to one side -- If the steering wheel tugs or the car pulls to one side or the other during braking, you may have one worn or otherwise compromised front pad.

Wondering how often should you service your brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Proshop Automotive for more information about brake repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Colton, CA, and the surrounding areas.

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Wondering how often should you service your brakes? Ask a brake repair specialist at Proshop Automotive for advice so that your car is as safe as possible.
06
Nov
2018

If you’re sliding through stop signs, it is time to service your brakes. The last thing you want is to be the cause of an accident because you were unable to stop. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut schedule that tells you when it's time to replace brakes, so you need to rely on your ears and the advice of an experienced auto repair technician. Most vehicle owners have a tire rotation about every six months, so that is also a good time to have the brakes inspected.

Schedule a brake service as soon as possible if you notice any of the signs of braking problems below:

  • Dashboard warning light -- Some cars incorporate electronic wear indicators that alert the driver with a dashboard warning if the pads reach minimum thickness. Because this feature typically comes on expensive luxury cars, it's better to rely on regular brake inspections. If the brake warning light comes on while driving, that probably means your brake system is low on fluid or a problem with the brake master cylinder.
  • Squealing -- Many cars have built-in wear sensors that scrape against a brake disc when the pads need replacing. You will hear an annoying screeching sound when applying the brakes (or when the brakes are released). Squeaking, squealing, metal-on-metal grinding (a sign that brake pads are entirely gone) are other noises that indicate wear. Some minor noises can be eliminated by cleaning the brakes.
  • Vibrating -- Wobbling, vibration or scraping may be felt when applying the brake pedal. If the brake pedal pulsates under light or moderate braking, it could mean a warped disc.
  • Leaking brake fluid -- A burning smell while driving could mean brake fluid is leaking and getting onto hot metal.
  • Longer stopping distances -- When you apply the brakes your foot goes down farther, closer to the floor. Because brake linings wear gradually, you may not notice it until it has reached the hazardous stage.
  • Car pulls to one side -- If the steering wheel tugs or the car pulls to one side or the other during braking, you may have one worn or otherwise compromised front pad.

Wondering how often should you service your brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Proshop Automotive for more information about brake repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Colton, CA, and the surrounding areas.

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