WHEN TO REPLACE YOUR BRAKE ROTORS AND PADS
You are dreaming of that epic road trip and suddenly it dawns on you that you can’t remember the last time you had your brakes checked. How do you know when it’s time? Maybe you have a light on your dash flickering to remind you or you have to push a little too hard to stop completely. In either case, it’s time to have your brakes checked. But there are other signs you should pay attention to that may help you put the brakes on an accident.
Take A Gander
Take a look at the thickness of your brake pads. Peek between the spokes of your wheel to spot the metal rotor. Look around the outer edge and find the metal caliper. Between the rotor and the caliper, you will find the brake pad. Generally, the pad should be at least one-quarter of an inch thick but any thinner and it’s time to have them replaced.
Brakes pads come with a wear indicator that squeaks when your pads need to be replaced. This sound is usually loud enough to be heard even when the windows are up, but if you are unsure open your window and the squeal will be hard to miss!
Pulling Left or Right
A stuck caliper can produce friction on one wheel and not the others causing your car to pull to the side where the caliper is stuck. This is a good indicator there is a problem with your brake system and its time to make an appointment with a skilled technician.
Generally, a vibrating brake pedal indicates warped rotors. The uneven surface will pulsate against the brake pads and you’ll feel the reaction through your brake pedal. This is another clear sign that it’s to schedule a check-up!
If any of these signs are present, it is time to have your brake system looked at by a professional. Having a certified mechanic periodically check your brakes ensures that your automobile is safe to drive. We welcome you to schedule an appointment with our Service Center at Hawkins Chevrolet in Fairmont, MN. Our highly trained and skilled technicians strive to provide exceptional service to keep your vehicle running at optimal performance. New or pre-owned, our priority is to ensure you are getting the most of every mile. Save on your next quick service visit by browsing our Service Specials.
You can count on us for quality service whether it’s for regularly scheduled maintenance or a major repair. Give us a call with any questions, or to schedule your next appointment, call us at 507-399-0899 or schedule online.