How Do I Know If I Need New Brakes?

Brake Replacement & Repair Signs at Key Auto Group in Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Your car’s brakes are a vital safety feature and ensuring that they’re in optimal condition is necessary for a safe driving experience. As with all wear and tear items in your vehicle, brakes wear down over time and recognizing the signs of brake deterioration is crucial. Read on as our team here at Key Auto Group discusses the signs to look out for when considering whether or not your vehicle needs new brakes, as well as the brake system service that we offer at our Key dealership locations.

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1. Squeaking or Squealing Noises

One of the most common indicators of worn brake pads is a high-pitched squeaking or squealing sound when you apply the brakes. This noise is typically caused by a small metal part, known as an indicator, which makes contact with the brake rotor when the pads wear down. If you hear these noises, it's a clear signal that your brake pads may need replacing.

2. Vibrations or Pulsations

If you feel vibrations or pulsations when you press the brake pedal, it could be a sign of uneven brake rotor wear. This can occur due to prolonged use or aggressive driving. Getting your brakes inspected and potentially replacing the rotors may be necessary to restore smooth braking.

3. Reduced Brake Responsiveness

A noticeable decrease in brake responsiveness, such as a spongy feeling when pressing the pedal may indicate potential brake issues. This could be due to worn brake pads, air in the brake lines, or a brake fluid leak. Prompt inspection and repairs can help maintain optimal brake performance.

4. Warning Lights

Modern vehicles often come equipped with brake wear indicators that trigger warning lights on the dashboard when the brake pads are nearing the end of their lifespan. If you see the brake warning light illuminated, it's in your best interest to have your brakes inspected.

Where Can I Have By Brakes Inspected?

Key Auto Group has five dealership locations throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba. If you're in the Yorkton, Saskatchwean area, visit Yorkton Toyota, Yorkton Kia, Key Chevrolet or Key Cadillac to have your vehicle's brakes inspected. If you're in Manitoba, our Swan River's Key Chevrolet dealership has got you covered. 

Brake Service at Key Auto Group

Regular brake inspections can help catch potential issues early. Ignoring brake problems can lead to more significant issues, costing you more and compromising your safety on the road. Let our factory-trained service technicians assist you in identifying issues with your vehicle’s brake system. Book a service appointment with your nearest Key Auto Group location, today! If you’re in the market for a high-quality used vehicle, or a brand new vehicle from one of our brands, make sure to visit our website and browse through our available inventory of in-stock vehicles.