As you set aside time for regular vehicle maintenance, your brakes should always be a top priority. Make sure you keep up with regular service here at INFINITI Downtown — and heed these three warning signs, which indicate that your vehicle’s brakes need urgent care.
If you use your car brakes and you hear a high-pitched sound, you likely need to bring your car in to get its brakes serviced or replaced.
Brake pads have a metal indicator built in. When your brake wears down to a certain depth, these metal indicators emit a high-pitch squeal. When you hear this sound, it’s a good indicator that you need new brakes.
If you think you might need new brakes, but don’t hear this sound, consider turning down your radio for a closer listen. The high-pitched noise is sometimes not very loud.
Keep in mind that your brakes will also make this noise if your car has been sitting in water too long.
To determine whether water exposure is causing this sound, listen to your brakes over the course of a day. If this sound continues to occur after a day, then it is being caused by the metal indicators, not by water, and you need to get new brakes.
They Look Worn Down
Give your brakes a visual inspection once a month. They’re easy to see — you just have to look in the spaces between your car’s wheel spokes.
The brake pads should be sitting against each wheel’s metal rotors.
Each pad should have more than a quarter inch of pad left on it.
If there is less than a quarter inch left, then the brake pad need to be replaced.
A Tugging Feeling
When you step on the brake, does it feel like your car is tugging one way or another? This pulling sensation is a sign that you could have an issue with your brake linings or your brake fluid.
Your brake linings can wear down in an uneven pattern, causing your car to pull to one side or another.
Foreign matter in your brake fluid will also cause this pulling.
Regardless of the cause, you should bring your brakes in for servicing if pulling occurs.
Visit us at INFINITI Downtown or call our friendly staff at (416) 964-2582 to set up a service appointment.