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How to Tell If You Need New Brakes: Signs to Look For

As car-owners, we all know the importance of brakes. They play a critical role in keeping us and our vehicles safe on the road. But do you know how to tell if you need new brakes?
Here are some signs to look for:
1. Squeaking, grinding, or screeching noises  
If you hear any of these sounds, it's a clear indication that your brake pads may be worn. These noises are caused by the pads rubbing against the rotor. Ignoring this can lead to further damage and higher repair costs.
2. Longer stopping distances   
Have you noticed that your car is taking longer to stop than usual? It's time to have your brakes inspected. This could be caused by brake pads that are too thin or a brake system that is failing.
3. Vibrations  
Do you feel a pulsation or vibration in your brake pedal or steering wheel when braking? This could indicate warped rotors, which need to be replaced immediately.
4. Warning light  
If your brake warning light on the dashboard is illuminated, don't ignore it. This is a clear sign that something is not right with your braking system and needs to be addressed.
5. Bad smell  
If you smell a burning odor while driving, it could be due to overheated brakes. This can be caused by using your brakes excessively or driving with worn-out brake pads.
It's important to pay attention to the signs that indicate the need for brake repair or replacement. Ignoring these signs can lead to more extensive and expensive repairs. At Walt Eger's Service Center, we are here to help keep you and your vehicle safe on the road. Schedule your brake inspection today and let us take care of your car!


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