How to Tell if You Need Brake Repair

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How to Tell if You Need Brake Repair

Here at Kevin’s Car Repair & Body Shop LLC, we want to help you stay safe on the road. One of the most important components in your vehicle when it comes to safety is your brakes, so it’s important to keep them in good condition. The key to keeping your brakes road-worthy is to be able to recognize signs of trouble before they become serious, and in this article, our team will go over some signs to look for to tell you if you need brake repair.

  • Screeching, Grinding, or Squeaking- The first way to tell if you need brake repair is to pay attention to the sound your brakes make as you slow down. Ideally, your brakes shouldn’t make any sound, so if you hear any screeching, grinding, or squeaking sounds as you decelerate then something is probably wrong. We recommend having your car looked at by a professional to find out for sure.
  • Squishy Brake Pedal- When assessing whether you need brake repair, you should also take note of how the pedal feels as you come to a stop. If you find that the brake pedal feels “squishy,” meaning that you have to push it down harder than usual, then you definitely need repair. A squishy brake pedal means that your ability to stop in a hurry is compromised, and that your car is unsafe until you get it fixed.
  • Vibration While Braking- Another indication that you need brake repair is vibration while braking, either in the brake pedal or in the steering wheel. If you start to feel this happening in your car, we recommend having it checked out right away to keep your brakes in good condition.