How Can I Tell if it is Time for Brake Repair


How Can I Tell if it is Time for Brake RepairWhile the airbags and seatbelts in your car are great safety feature to have in the event of an accident it is the brakes that can help prevent that accident from ever occurring. My maintaining your brakes your car will always have optimal braking power, bringing you to a complete stop fast. Worn brake pads or other braking malfunctions can increase your stopping distance by inches or feet, which could be the distance between stopping in time or not to avoid the accident. If you notice any of these signs of brake trouble head to the auto repair shop right away.

Grinding Noises

One of the most common signs of brake trouble is a grinding or screeching noise that occurs when you hit the brakes. This is a clear indication that the brake pads have worn thin and are in need of replacement. The noise you're hearing is metal grinding on metal and the longer you wait to have the pads replaced the more damage you will do to other braking components.

Pulling when Braking

A vehicle should continue in a straight line when the brakes are applied. If a car pulls left or right there is a good chance that the vehicle is experiencing uneven brake pad wear. This could also represent contaminants in the brake fluid or a malfunctioning wheel cylinder.


Any time that you experiencing strange vibrations while operating your car it is a good idea to let a mechanic check it out, chances are it isn't good. If the brake pedal vibrates while slowing your vehicle it may mean that the rotors are warped. Rotors are what the brake pads push against to create the friction that slows your car and if they are warped it means there is less surface area for the pads to make contact with.

Soft Brake Pedal

A brake pedal that rests closer to the floor than it used to or is easier to push now may mean the brake pads are very low. Unfortunately this could represent a more dangerous problem, such as air in the brake lines or a brake fluid leak.

ABS Light

The ABS light on your dashboard stands for anti-lock braking system. If it comes on be sure to get to a repair shop for further diagnostics.

At Freeport Automotive we offer professional brake repair in Sacramento for all makes and models. If you ever experience braking trouble, or any type of car trouble don't hesitate to contact our expert auto repair team. Give us a call at (916) 389-2405 to request an appointment for superior auto repair in Sacramento.

Freeport Automotive Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ