Maintenance and service are an essential part of the long term health and longevity of your vehicle. While all maintenance components are important, the brake pads are critical because they are normal wear and tear components. Eventually, brakes wear thin, which can lead to a decrease in how effectively they stop your vehicle. It’s in everyone’s best interest on the road that your brakes are in their best working condition.

What signs indicate that your brakes may need to be serviced?

Your brake light illuminates on your dashboard.

Your brake pads may squeak or squeal if they get too thin.

Your brake pads may give off a grinding or grumbling sound. Grinding or growling sounds can indicate that the brake pads are completely worn thin. Bring your vehicle into Bay Area Tire & Service Center to have a trusted mechanic immediately inspect this.

It takes more time to get your vehicle to a complete stop. If your brake pads are wearing thin, you may find yourself pressing further down to brake than usual.

You notice a noxious, pungent odor coming from your tires. This is another symptom that requires an immediate inspection from an expert.

Your brake pedal and the steering wheel is vibrating. Pulsating or vibrating brakes is a signal that something significant may be wrong. This would also indicate that you should have your rotors checked.

To ensure your brake pads are healthy and your vehicle can make the safest stops, we suggest that you stay aware of any symptoms. Always change your brake pads at regular intervals. Try to change your brake pads before they indicate any signs of irregularities to prevent significant damage and costly repairs. If you notice any of the above brake symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out to Bay Area Tire & Service Center. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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