When To Get Your Brakes Repaired

Posted on Jan 15, 2021

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Having healthy brakes is critical to your health and the health of your car. Usually, cars need new brakes between 40,000 and 50,000 miles, but it can vary between drivers. Diagnosing your brakes and getting them changed is easy. In this blog, we’ll discuss warning signs, brake failure dangers, and the importance of having new brakes. 


Warning Signs

Unusual Sounds

If you start to experience squeaking noise coming from your brakes, then it could be a sign that they need to be replaced. If you wait too long, your breaks will start grinding, and they can damage your brake rotor, resulting in a more costly repair. Be on the lookout for squeaking brakes.


Vibrating When Braking

When you press on your brakes, it should not vibrate the car. If you are getting this vibration, it’s a sign that your brakes are close to the end of their life. Make sure to seek help immediately if you’re feeling your car rock when you brake.


Takes a Long Time to Stop

If it starts taking you a long time to make a full stop when you press on your brakes, you have a problem. It is imperative that you can stop in proper time when driving. This is a huge safety concern. If your car had a delayed stop when you press the brake, it is time to see a mechanic. 


Indication Light Comes On

Newer cars can warn you when your brakes are too old. Sometimes they have a brake warning light, and in other cases, they have an ABS (antilocking braking system) light that will illuminate. If you notice one of these lights come on, it’s a good idea to get your brakes checked. 


Thin Brake Pads

You can manually check your brake pads for wear and tear. Look into your wheel between the spokes and inspect the brake pad. If the pad is less than a quarter-inch thick, it’s probably time for new brake pads. 


Dangers of Worn Brakes

One of the most important things drivers need to know is the dangers of driving with worn brakes. Like drunk driving, speeding, or not wearing a seat belt, worn brakes can cause serious injury. Courts hear cases every day that blame accidents on worn brakes. 


Worn brakes can cause car accidents. Even if you are fully aware, getting to a complete stop is almost impossible with heavily worn brakes. If something unexpected happens, you need your brakes to mitigate the impact. 


Driving with worn brakes also increases your chances of hitting a pedestrian. On busy streets, you need to be able to stop on a dime. If a walker jaywalks or steps into the road, you need to be able to act quickly. 


You might also consider the injury to your wallet. Driving around with worn brakes can rack up your mechanic bill. Your rotors get warped over time when the brake lining wears out, and that will incur additional costs. 


Better Safe Than Sorry

Sometimes you can hear that your brakes are having trouble or feel that your car is vibrating when you press the brake. And when you feel or hear these changes, it is best to get your vehicle okayed by a mechanic. The stakes of driving with worn brakes are too high. Other signs may not be so obvious, so it’s best to get your car checked out regularly.

Why Choose MasterTech

Here at Master Tech, we will not only fix your breaks, but we’ll call and remind you when it’s time to change your brakes again. One of the benefits of working with our local company is that we care about our customers and their vehicles’ longevity. With us, you won’t have to worry. Call today to schedule your appointment for brake repair in Santa Fe at 505-471-1121. 


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