There are noises, sensations, and warnings that indicate you may need brakes serviced. Here are the signs you should have your brakes inspected.
1. You can hear grinding, squealing, or rubbing noises coming from the wheels/ brakes
These sounds can indicate your brake pads are worn out or close to it. This is a good time to have a brake inspection done.
2. Pressing down further to complete braking
When your brake pads are closer to being completely worn out, the braking will go further to the floor because there is more room for your brake pads to travel. If you feel your brake pedal is spongy or needs to go further to complete braking, you could have air in your brake fluid and need to have your brake lines bled.
3. Vibration from the steering wheel or pulsation/vibration in the brake pedal
Any vibrations or pulsations from the brake pedal or the steering wheel are a sure sign that something needs looked at soon. These are signs that you should wait to have your vehicle inspected. Waiting could result in more damage that will cost you more money.
Pulsation from the brake pedal often indicates rotors are warped or close to it.
4. Brake Warning Light or ABS Light
If you notice that your brake warning light or your ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) light is on you should bring your car in for a free brake inspection as soon as possible.