5 Warning Signs Your Car Needs Brake Repairs

At Steve Sorensen Mechanical, we see lots of car owners who bring their vehicles in for brake repairs. The problem is that they have usually left it too late and we not only need to replace their brake pads (or re-machine them if we can), but their rotors need replacing as well.

There are a few easy ways for you to detect warning signs that your brakes need attention, before you get to the stage of costly brake repairs. After all, it doesn’t cost much to have your brake pads replaced, the situation becomes worse however, if you need to replace the rotors as well.  

To help you out and make sure that you avoid extensive brake repairs and catch your brakes at the point where all you need to do is replace or re-machine your brake pads, keep an eye open for the following 5 signs.

1. Brake light on the dashboard: If you see that the brake light has turned red on your dashboard and doesn’t go away, book in straight away for an inspection and hopefully you can limit the costs of your brake repairs.

2. Clicking or screeching noises: When you depress the brake pedal and you hear clicking noises, this means your brakes need to be checked. A screeching noise means you really need your brakes checked and your brake repairs bill is increasing the longer you ignore these sounds.

3. Grinding noises: At this point, you need to open your cheque book, because the rotors most probably need replacing as well and your brake repairs bill has just shot through the roof.

4. Pulling to the side: If your car pulls to the right or left when you press the brake pedal, you might need new brake pads, because they are wearing thin on one side or the other.

5. Vibrations: Another sign that your brake pads are wearing too thin are vibrations through the pedal when it is depressed.  

Brake repairs don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, but only if you pay attention to the warning signs and make the right repairs at the right time. Call us on 3809 2711 and book in for your brake repairs today.

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