They may not be the most exciting feature in your vehicle, but they are one of the most important: your brakes. At Meyers Auto Tech we offer full brake services, but how do you know when it’s time to bring in your vehicle for brake repair?
As you drive your vehicle over thousands of miles and repeatedly apply the brakes to slow down or stop, the brake pads can become worn, which reduces their ability to stop the car safely. Your brake pads should last tens of thousands of miles, but that depends on the specific vehicle you drive and your own driving habits. The more you use your brakes, the shorter the lifespan of your brake pads. Fortunately, your car has a built-in warning system to let you know when it’s time to get your brakes serviced.
Disc brakes usually include a part called a wear indicator. A wear indicator is a small piece of metal attached to the brake pad that contacts the brake rotor when the pad material has been worn down to a certain level. When the wear indicator grinds against the rotor, it makes a squealing noise as you apply the brakes. This noise isn’t something that you should wait to go away on its own – it indicates that you and your car may be at risk. This noise is a signal to tell you it’s time to have your brakes examined.
You may also notice other signals that your brakes need repair – if your car’s dashboard brake light comes on or you notice the car taking longer to stop when you apply the brakes, you should definitely contact Meyers Auto Tech as soon as possible. Other signs to look for are pulling, vibration, or a temperamental brake pedal. Don’t ignore these signs – they could indicate that something is wrong with your brakes. For the safety of you, your family, and other drivers on the road, let the experienced mechanics at Meyers Auto Tech service your car’s brakes today!