If your vehicle was not able to give you signs they were in need of repair, you might be driving one day and they completely fail. Luckily, there are signs you can look and feel for that will give you plenty of time to get the vehicle in for servicing before they stop working. Although many newer vehicles have warning lights on the dashboard reminding you to get the brakes serviced, we are going to assume your vehicle does not have that light and these are more hands-on warning signs.
1. Feeling a Vibration on the Brake Pedal – One of the easiest ways to tell that your vehicle needs new brakes is to simply feel the brake pedal the next time you need to come to a stop. When you feel a strong vibration in your foot as you depress the brake pedal, make certain it is not a one-time incident. When the vibration occurs repeatedly and is getting stronger, it could be an indication the metal of the brake pads is not coming in contact with and scratching the brake rotor.
2. Hearing a Sound Coming from the Tires – The brake pads on your vehicle usually will have a clip that does not come in contact with the brake rotor until the pad has been worn away. As the material of the brake pads is slowly worn away, this clip gets closer to the rotor until it touches it. Once the clip touches the rotor, you will start to hear a loud screeching and grinding sound even when you don’t hit the brakes. With barely any meat left on the brake pads, it is a good idea to get to the service center as soon as you hear any loud noises coming from the brake pads.
3. Seeing Dark Brake Dust on the Tire Rims – Even if you can’t feel or hear your brakes in trouble, you will be able to see it if you know what to look for. The brakes release a small amount of dust each time you use them, and usually, it disappears while you are driving. When you notice a buildup of black brake dust on your tire rims, it may be an indication something is not quite right with your brakes. Either the brakes are wearing too fast because they are stuck or there may be another issue, either way, you want a technician looking at the brakes sooner than later.
Don’t delay if you see any of these warning signs that your vehicle is experiencing brake issues. Bring the car to a reputable repair service center at the first sign of brake issues.