5 Signs Your Vehicle Needs New Brakes


Brakes are one of the top parts of your car that should be in top working condition at all time. In general, there should be 1/4 inch of brake pad, you can check by looking between the wheel’s spokes. If you hear a high-pitched screech when braking, that’s the indicator telling you to get your brakes checked. Watch out for these other five signs that you need new brakes.


You’re brake linings might be wearing unevenly or there could be foreign matter in the brake fluid if your vehicle starts to “pull” to one side when you brake. The fluid might just need drained and replaced or adjusted.


If your brakes are grinding together it is likely that they are paired with a loud metallic growling noise as well. This is caused by your brake pads being worn down so completely and the disc and caliper rubbing together. In this case, the pads are usually beyond repair. The grinding can score or scratch your rotors, making an uneven surface, and your rotors will need to be turned or replaced.


Warped rotors can cause a vibrating or pulsating brake pedal. Warped rotors are caused by harsh braking for long periods of time, this heats up the brakes which causes the warping. If you tow heavy things or drive down steep mountainsides frequently then you will want to take breaks to let the rotors cool.

Mushy Pedal

If your brake pedal goes almost or all the way down to the floor before engaging the brakes then this could be an indicator of worn pads or a brake fluid leak.

Difficult to Brake

You could have a brake line obstruction or a problem with the vacuum system if you hit the brakes but it takes a while before they bring the car to a complete halt. This can cause problems in tight traffic because you can’t brake as quickly if you need to come to a sudden stop. Drive as carefully as possible and get your car serviced as soon as possible.

It is important to take all the safety precautions you can if you suspect a brake problem and make sure you get them checked as soon as you can.

Contact the auto repair experts at Performance Auto Repair today for help with your vehicle’s brakes.



  1. My brakes have been making this weird grinding noise. I didn’t know that it could be because my brake pads are worn down way too much! I’ll make sure that I get that taken care of!

  2. Thanks for bringing to my attention that having to push the pedal almost to the floor can indicate problems with your brakes. I’ve noticed this happening, and I have to push it basically all the way down if I need to stop quickly. Perhaps it would be a good idea to take my car in to a professional to see if the brakes need to be replaced or repaired.

  3. I did not realize that warped rotors could cause a vibrating or pulsating brake pedal. It is also good to be aware that warped rotors come from harsh braking for long periods of time. My dad says that it is always a good idea to have brakes checked on a regular basis, especially when your car is getting serviced.

  4. At bought side effects for bleachings.

  5. That’s interesting that a loud, metallic growling noise may indicate that your brake pads have worn down and need to be replaced. I’ve heard that brake pads should typically last anywhere between 8 and 12 years before they will need to be replaced, so you have to try to remember when they last were replaced. I’ll be sure to remember this great information to make sure that I take the best care possible of my car and its brakes.

  6. It is important to always be aware of the noises and feeling of your brakes. I have an older vehicle and I can tell when the brakes need to be worked on just by the feeling. You don’t want to put off getting brakes worked on.

  7. I like how you mentioned that pulling to one side could be caused by brake fluid that needs to be replaced or by uneven wear. I’ve noticed my car pulling to the right sometimes, and I thought it was maybe because of wheel alignment, but I recently noticed that it’s only while I’m braking. Maybe it would be a good idea to take my car to a professional to see if the pads or the fluid needs to be replaced.

  8. My brakes have been making a really loud sound every time I use them. Hopefully just the pads are worn down and I don’t have to replace the rotors like you described. It just started yesterday, so I’ll get it fixed as soon as I can.

  9. It is good to know that brakes that grind need to be repaired. Learning that this grinding is coming from the disc and caliper rubbing together is helpful. My uncle says that it is best to repair brakes before they are completely worn out for safety reasons.

  10. Wow, I had no idea that a mushy pedal would be a sign of my brake pads being worn. They have been like that for a while, but they have been making weird noises that I now find a little concerning. It will probably be in my best interest to take my brakes in for a service. Thanks for the insight!

  11. It’s good to know that a vibrations are usually a result of warped rotors caused by overheating of the brakes. I noticed my girlfriend’s car seems to vibrate pretty hard when stopping, especially downhill. I don’t know how frequently she uses her brakes though, but it sounds like she might want to get them looked at soon in case they need repairs.

  12. I had no idea that vibrations could be a sign that you need to change the brake pads. My wife has noticed this in her car, but just thought it was the road. I’ll have to have our mechanic take a look at it.

  13. Considering just how important the brakes are for the overall safety of the car it really is important to figure out when they’re starting to go bad. I particularly like that the article talks about how bad it is for the pedal to go all the way to the floor before the brakes engage. After all, you want to be stopping long before you need to push the brakes all the way down.

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