Why Your Brakes are Important

Signs You Need a Brake Repair

When it comes to the variety of safety features that are installed in your vehicle, nothing is more directly responsible for your safety than your vehicle’s braking system. Built to be strong and responsive, the brakes help your vehicle slow down and stop. In serious situations, it can even save your life. That’s why it’s so important to maintain healthy brakes!

Although the best way to maintain healthy brakes is by going through a regularly scheduled maintenance service, there are ways to identify when your vehicle’s brakes are going bad. Wondering what some of those signs are? No worries, Rizzoli’s Automotive is here to help you! Here are three signs that it’s time for a brake repair!

Brake Warning Light

Many modern vehicles are now equipped with a brake pad warning light that indicates when your brake pads have reached their minimal level of thickness. If you see this light, please make sure you visit our shop as soon as you can! If left unattended, your brake pads will eventually wear out and there will be metal-on-metal contact between your calipers and the brake rotor (not good!).

Squeaking or Squealing

This is for car owners that do not have the brake warning light. Just like the light, these sounds indicate that your brake pads have reached its minimal level of thickness. Many brake pads have a built-in spring or metal “hairs” that safely scrape your brake disc when producing the sound. As previously mentioned, please bring your vehicle into our shop as soon as you can, as the consequences for worn out brake pads can get expensive!

Grinding

If you hear this sound, please bring your vehicle into our shop immediately. This sound indicates that your brake pads have completely worn out and there is currently metal-on-metal contact between your calipers and the brake rotors. This can leave deep grooves in your brake disc and even warp the brake rotor, both of which are extremely expensive to repair or replace (the most likely scenario).

Written by Kyle Rizzoli

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