How to Know When You Need New Brakes?

Car Parts — Environmental Management in Mackay, QLD

Your vehicle’s there to take you where you need to go. Part of that is stopping when you need it to stop. As any driver knows, your brakes are an important part of your vehicle. Which is why ensuring they are in good condition is critical. However, unlike a dint in the door or a crack in your windshield, it may not be as obvious when you need new brakes. Nevertheless, there are a few key things to look out for that signal when your brakes are due to be replaced by a mechanic:


Braking sounds different

Do you hear high-pitched squealing noises when you are slowing or stopping? This may indicate an issue with brakes. Specifically, if you hear a constant screeching noise or if it happens throughout the journey. One exception could be if your vehicle has been left out or exposed to water for a time – this can cause rust or grime to develop, leading to squeaking when the brakes are first used, but then this sound should stop once the brakes have been used a few times.

Brake pads are looking thin

By looking through the spaces between the wheel spokes on your vehicle, you will be able to see the brake pads. New brake pads will be around 10 millimetres thick, with most manufactures and mechanics agree brake pads should be replaced once they wear down to 3 millimetres.

There is a new vibration

If anything from a subtle vibration to a shudder occurs when you brake, this usually indicates something is not quite right.

Your vehicle’s pulling to one side

If, when braking, you can feel the nose of your vehicle pull to one side it might indicate that your brake pads are wearing out at different rates. Uneven brake pads can put unnecessary stress on your steering rack, so recognising this issue when it occurs is key.

Reduced responsiveness and brake fade

Brake fade is braking failure caused by excessive or prolonged use. Usually, due to heat build-up, it reduces the ability of your brake pads to generate enough friction to do their job – causing a sort of ‘glazing’. In addition, if you feel that your car is not stopping as well as it used to (or should) then the ability of your brakes should immediately be addressed. This can feel like it takes longer to come to a complete stop, soft or squishy braking ability, or the need for excessive force to get the braking result you need.

An indicator light appeared

Some modern cars with sensor setups are able to tell you when there’s something wrong with your brakes before you notice the issue. Some might have specific lights telling you to check your brakes, while others may have a general ‘check engine’ warning. Either way, it is a good sign to head to your mechanic.


Contact the Brake Repair Specialists Today!

While brakes are critical for a safe – and enjoyable – ride, brake maintenance is not always straightforward. That’s why our Mackay mechanics at Prochem are here to help. If you have experienced any of these symptoms with your vehicle, get in touch with our Mackay team of mechanics and we’ll get you back on the right track.

If you’re wondering what the signs are before you need a mechanic, read our previous blog here!