The brakes of a car are, without a doubt, one of the most important parts when it comes to ensuring safety on the road. Unfortunately, a lot of people ignore signs that their car needs a brake change simply because they were unable to read those signs in time. To avoid accidents and tragedies, read on to know about the three most prominent signs which indicate that it’s time to take your car to the repair shop for a brake inspection.

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The Squeal

Brakes should not be emitting high-pitched squeals on being engaged, so if that’s what you are hearing each time you put them on, it’s most definitely not a good sign for your brake pads. The good news is that no real damage has been done yet and if you manage to address it early and get your pads replaced, there’s nothing to worry about at all.

The Grinding

If the squeal mentioned above is accompanied by a mechanical grinding noise simultaneously or soon after, the problem is more serious. It basically indicates that the brake pads are now totally worn off and your rotors are coming in direct metal to metal contact with the brake’s calipers, aka the grinding noise. As should be evident, this is an accident waiting to happen because it will eventually damage the rotors and become increasingly ineffective at stopping the vehicle. Not to mention, the cost to repair your brake system will now increase with each passing day as your rotor degrades.

Automated Turns

This is typically something that the driver can tell best, so you need to ask yourself whether or not you have ever felt the car trying to make a right or a left on its own as you engage the brakes or even while the car is in motion. If you can relate to this, it could mean that a caliper from the brakes is stuck on one side, causing friction. However, a stuck caliper is not the only reason as to why a car might tend to pull on one side. Significant unevenness among the brake pads can also give you the same feeling as the brakes would not be able to put uniform pressure on all the wheels, thus causing the pull to one side or the other. The last and final reason as to why this might happen is because of a collapsed brake hose. Whatever the reason might be, if you experience this, get the vehicle to a repair shop immediately. Keep in mind though that the same effect is also caused by uneven tires, disturbed alignment, and faulty suspension.

While these three are quite common, they are not the only signs which you need to look for. A vibrating brake pedal generally is indicative of rotors that have been warped with use on steep planes and a brake pedal that’s too soft might indicate a leak in the brake fluid. It is true that some of these symptoms can also be caused by issues other than the ones related to brakes, but it’s always best to get it checked either way.