Brakes 101


Benefits to Brake Inspection & Repair

  • Having brakes inspected on a regular basis can reduce the risk of brake failure and can identify problems before they become worse and more costly.

How Often Should I have my Brakes Inspected?

  • Brakes should be inspected at the time of each tire rotation, about every 6,000 miles or anytime you notice one or more of the following problems.

Identifying the Problem

  • Squeaking or grinding noises can indicate the pad(s) are completely worn out and the brakes should be inspected as soon as possible. Continuing to drive on brake pads that are worn can cause additional damage costing you more repair.
  • A vibration in the steering wheel when you step on the brake (especially at highway speeds). This is an indication that brake disc rotors are warped.
  • Your brake light or anti-lock brake light comes on.
  • Your vehicle pulls in one direction when applying the brakes.
  • Brake pedal feels "spongy" or goes to the floor.
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