How Do You Know You Need a Brake Job?

How Do You Know You Need a Brake Job?

Your brakes are one of your vehicle’s most vital safety features, so it’s important to know the signs of when it’s time to schedule a brake job. Typically, these fall into one of two categories: noises or pulsation in the brake pedal. 

Understanding Brake Noises

The majority of brake pads on the market are designed with an audible brake wear indicator. This is a small piece of metal that rubs against the brake rotor once the friction material on the brake pad has worn down to the point that it should be replaced. When this happens, it will create a noise that sounds like a chirp or squeal. Although you’ll still be able to stop safely, this noise is an indicator that you should have your brakes serviced soon. 

If you ignore the sounds coming from the brake wear indicator and don’t have your brakes serviced, it will eventually progress into a grinding noise. This is much more serious because it means that the friction material on the brake pads is completely worn away and the metal parts of the brake are grinding against the rotor. 

Without the friction material, the brake pad can’t stop your wheels nearly as well; the metal-on-metal contact will also damage your rotors. You may need to have the rotors resurfaced or replaced—which costs significantly more than simply replacing your brake pads.

Brake Pedal Pulsations

If the brake pedal pulsates when you push it down, you could have warped or uneven rotors. When the rotors aren’t in perfect alignment, they push against the brake pads when you brake, which causes the brake pedal to pulsate or vibrate. 

This could be because the rotor and wheel hub don’t fit together properly, which causes the rotor to spin off-center. The misalignment could stem from either the rotor or the hub, or even a combination of the two. If you wait too long to address the issue, the rotor may start to wear unevenly and develop varying thicknesses, leading to more intense pulsations. When the brake pad and the rotor don’t match up evenly during braking, there’s less contact, which reduces your braking power.

Other Signs That It’s Time for a Brake Service

While the signs mentioned above are the most typical, several other indicators can let you know when it’s time to book a brake service appointment. These include:

  • Your vehicle veers to one side when you hit the brakes
  • It takes longer than normal to come to a complete stop
  • Visible grooves on the rotors
  • Low brake fluid levels
  • Brake fluid leaks
  • A burning smell when you hit the brakes
  • The brake warning light is on
  • A spongy or soft brake pedal

Schedule a Brake Job Today at EuroCar Service

Whether you’ve noticed any of the above signs or it’s been a while since you’ve had your brakes serviced, contact the skilled team at EuroCar Service. Founded in 1981, we’re committed to providing high-quality auto repairs and maintenance that keep your vehicle reliable and safe on the road. We specialize in all European makes, including BMWFiatMercedesLand RoverAudiMini-CooperSaabJaguarVolvoVolkswagen, and Smart Car. Call us today at (206) 527-8828 or request an appointment online