Symptoms of Brake Wear

Your vehicle’s brakes are one of the most important systems when it comes to safety. Because of this, regular inspection and brake service is strongly recommended to help ensure your safety and the safety of others.

If you ever experience a pulsing in the brake pedal when stopping, that can be a sign of warped brake rotors and it’s now time to have a trusted mechanic examine your brakes. Routine wear on your rotors won’t be as easy for you to notice but a good mechanic will always inspect the brake rotors during routine service and will recommend replacing them when necessary.

Other common symptoms of brake problems include noise when applying the brakes, the vehicle pulling to one side when stopping or slowing, or a repeated need to add brake fluid. If you experience any of these conditions, you should schedule brake service immediately.

You may wonder what you can do to increase the life span of your brakes and rotors. There are many factors ranging from the type of vehicle you own and quality of the brake system components to the average operating conditions of your vehicle and your driving habits. Driving with a “lead foot” will definitely increase the wear on your brakes and will require brake service more often. Driving through steep hills can cause tremendous wear on your brakes as they have to overcome more gravity to stop or slow your vehicle. Some vehicle’s brake systems and rotors are built better than others and likewise replacement parts can vary in quality. Always speak to your mechanic about what your best options are to ensure the most reliable performance of your brake system and be sure to follow their recommendation on when to schedule brake service and maintenance.