But bad sounds aren’t the only warnings that your brakes need a check-up. Here are four other things to look out for:
Leaking Fluid — Do you see a small puddle of something pooled under your car? This could be brake fluid. Without brake fluid, your brakes will not work, so take that leak seriously.
Pulsating — If you hit the brake and your entire car pulsates — or feels like someone’s taken a jackhammer to your tires — this could be a sign of warped rotors that need to be replaced, among other concerning issues.
Dashboard Warning Lights — These lights are installed for a reason: To warn you if something’s wrong with your brakes. With the brake light, not only will your vehicle fail MA State Vehicle Inspection, but this could be a sign of a fluid leak. Not always “Paradise” by the dashboard lights when they are warning you…
It’s Been Awhile — You should consider getting your brakes and brake pads examined if it’s been some time since you’ve done so (or can’t remember!). Brakes need to be replaced at different times depending on a number of factors — age of vehicle, how you drive, where you drive, etc. — and if you know you’re hard on your vehicle, it’s best to have them checked regularly. If your brake pads are worn to under ¼ inch wide, they should be replaced.
Next service visit, get a Cape Auto complimentary brake check up, stay safe & understand how much life is left on YOUR Brake Pads!!!