8 Signs Your Car Needs New Brakes

8 Signs Your Car Needs New Brakes

Last Updated on July 9, 2022 by rida

One of your vehicle’s most important safety elements is its brakes. Your brakes allow you to stop your car safely and ensure smooth handling and complete control over your speed and manoeuvring while driving. Therefore, it is critical to understand the warning signals of brake failure. 

If you notice any performance concerns with your car, conduct a fast checkup and look for the warning signals listed below. 

Most vehicles now include indicators attached to the braking unit that, by screeching or clicking noises, alert the driver or passengers to a problem with the system.

 However, in order to understand the sounds for fear of a break problem, you must be aware of your surroundings. Therefore, keep your eyes and ears open at all times when operating the vehicle to detect the need for an car brake replacement.

The eight most typical warning signs telling that you need new brakes

Screeching Noise

The screeching noise indication is a small metal shim that provides auditory warnings of potential wear and tears. For example, the sound could be the consequence of an assistance request for brake pad replacement. In addition, excessive heating can cause the metal to burn, causing the rotors to be glazed (due to repeated harsh, quick ‘braking’ from speed) or to acquire dark rings around them. These indications indicate that a service check is required.

Visual Symptoms Of Brake Problems

Most vehicles allow you to inspect the brake pads through the wheel spokes visually. However, close inspection of your wheel should reveal the brake pad pressed up against a metal rotor around the interior of the wheel. If you notice more petite than a quarter-inch of brake pad in this gap, it’s probably time for new brake pads.

A scan of the parking surface is another visual assessment you can undertake. If your car is leaking brake fluid, the fluid may appear similar to regular motor oil but without the signature shimmer that motor oil exhibits when resting in a puddle. A professional mechanic must be called immediately if the brake fluid is leaking.

The vibration of the brake pedal

When your brake rotors are deformed, it generates vibration or pulsing through the pedal. However, careless braking is not the only source of warping. If the rotors grow too old and thin, they are prone to warping and must be replaced.

Brakes that are extremely hypersensitive

On the other hand, if you have to press the brake pedal nearly all the way to the floor to get your brakes to engage, that’s an issue. It could indicate that you’re running low on brake fluid, that there’s air in the brake fluid, or that your brake pads are too thin. It could also be a sign of a problem with your vehicle’s hydraulic system. But, again, a mechanic will be able to diagnose it thoroughly.

Brakes Vibrations in a Car

When you experience vibrations in your brake pedal, it indicates a rotor problem. Some grinding noises may be heard as a result of vibrations. This is easy to observe when driving. Because of the moisture, cold circumstances may produce some vibrations. However, if you see this in hot weather, it’s a warning that your brakes need to be replaced.

Dashboard brake warning light

Few cars have a brake light warning light on the dashboard. Even if you believe your brakes are acceptable, it is critical to have this light checked. It could signify anything within that isn’t visible to the human eye.

The vehicle pulls to one side.

If you see your automobile pulling to one side of the road, it could be a sign that the brake linings are worn unevenly. This happens when there are foreign particles in the braking fluid. Therefore, it is necessary to drain and refill the fluid immediately. 

Squeaky Sound

A high-pitched or loud squeal does not usually indicate worn brake pads. However, other possible sources can be researched if the noise persists with the new pads. It could also be a warning to check the condition of your rotors. The noise can also be caused by the brake pads rubbing against rust (induced by rains or water accumulation) that has formed on the rotors, which subsequently fades with repeated use. However, if the squeaking sound persists, it is wise to arrange a brake service check for your vehicle.


The brakes are a very sensitive component of the car, and the symptoms above paint a clear picture of the intricacy and work required first to detect the cause of the issue (from the signs) and then correct it.

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