Your car’s brakes are quite possibly one of the most important parts- after all, without brakes in good working order, you may have some difficulty slowing down or stopping your car when you drive! To remain safe on the road, it is essential to have your brakes inspected regularly according to your car manufacturer’s recommendations. However, you should also make an appointment for a brake inspection at your earliest convenience if you begin to experience any of the following warning signs or symptoms. These early indicators can help you save time and money by avoiding a full brake replacement, and keep your car running- and stopping- like it should.
Vibrating Brake Pedal– If your brake pedal feels like it is pulsating or vibrating when you apply pressure with your foot, you should bring your vehicle in for a brake inspection. This could be a sign of worn-down brake pads or rotors, which can lead to brake failure if they are not replaced.
Car Pulling to One Side– If you feel like you have to fight with your car to keep it driving straight, this is an indicator of a potential brake issue. Your technician should inspect your brakes as soon as you begin to experience the pulling sensation in order to check for an issue involving the brake pads’ contact with the rotors: either too much or not enough contact can account for the pulling, and an adjustment is necessary.
Grinding Sounds– If your car is making an unpleasant grinding or growling sound when the brakes are applied, this can be a sign of brake pads that have worn completely through. The metal-on-metal sound you’re hearing is likely the result of having no brake pad to provide a cushion between the brake and the rotor. If you hear this grinding sound, bring your car to an automotive service center without delay.
Squealing Sounds– On the other hand, hearing a high-pitched squeal or squeak from your brakes when you slow or stop your car is also not a good thing. This is another indicator of worn brake pads, and is caused by a metal tab that is purposely placed on the pads to let you know when it’s time for them to be replaced.
Riverside Transmission is proud to serve clients in the Boston and Waltham, MA areas, and can get you the quality brake inspection you need at a fraction of dealership cost. Our certified technicians are highly experienced in all areas of automotive service and repair, and can quickly and accurately diagnose and repair your brake issues so you can get back on the road and back to your life. Call the pros at Riverside Transmission today at 781-894-9395 to schedule your next brake inspection.