Recognizing the Warning Signs of Brake Trouble

Your vehicle’s brakes are its most essential safety feature, ensuring that you can stop swiftly and safely when necessary. However, like any component of your car, the brake system can develop issues over time. Here are five key signs that your brakes may need professional attention.

Squealing or Grinding Noises When Braking

If you notice a vibration or pulsating sensation in your brake pedal when you apply the brakes, it could be a sign that your brake rotors are uneven or warped. This often results from extreme braking conditions, such as repeated heavy braking or driving on mountainous terrain.

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Increased Stopping Distance

 If you’ve noticed that your vehicle takes longer to come to a stop than it used to, this could indicate an issue with your brake system. Worn brake pads, leaking brake fluid, or air in the brake lines can all contribute to this issue.

Pulling to One Side When Braking

If your vehicle pulls to one side when you apply the brakes, it could indicate uneven wear on your brake pads, a stuck brake caliper, or an issue with your brake fluid.

Warning Light on Dashboard

Your vehicle’s dashboard warning lights are designed to alert you to potential issues, and this includes problems with your brake system. If your brake warning light comes on, it’s crucial to get your vehicle inspected by a professional as soon as possible.

How Pat’s Service Center Can Help

At Pat’s Service Center, we have decades of experience diagnosing and fixing brake issues. We believe in preventative maintenance and will work with you to address any potential issues before they become significant problems. If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, or if you just want peace of mind, schedule a brake inspection with us today.