How to Tell If You Need New Brakes

There are quite a few regular maintenance steps you need to do to keep your vehicle running well for all the miles ahead. You probably have the big ones down: oil changes, tire rotations, tune-ups. But what about your brakes?

When was the last time you had them checked out or replaced by a skilled professional technician like our service staff here at Midland Buick GMC? The time might be now to pay us a visit for quality, customer-first brake maintenance.

If you’re not sure whether you need new brakes or not, here are a few things to look out for:

Pulling

Do you feel your car pull or move to one side when you hit the brakes? This is referred to as “pulling” and is a sign you may need new brakes.

Vibrating

If your steering wheel or entire car starts to pulsate or vibrate when you brake, you probably need new brakes. Vibrating can mean you are driving on over worn rotors, decreasing your vehicle’s roadworthiness and safety.

Grinding

If you hear a harsh metallic growl or squeal sound when you brake, your brakes are grinding and it is imperative to have your brakes examined and replaced as soon as possible.

Contact us at Midland Buick GMC if you are worried about your brakes.

Important Brake Maintenance Facts You Need to Know

After your tires, your brakes are the most important safety feature on your car. What good is a 250-horsepower engine if you can’t bring it to a stop? To preserve the safety of your vehicle and the life of your brakes, it is important to have your brakes inspected regularly. Check your owner’s manual for a recommended service schedule.

There are a few ways to determine if your brakes need some attention. The first is if you hear any squealing sounds coming from your brakes. Most brakes have a built-in safety feature that causes the brakes to squeal when the pads are getting too low. Another reason to have your brakes checked is if you feel any pulsing or vibrations while braking. If your vehicle pulls to the left or right when coming to a stop, that is another sign.

Ignoring your brakes can lead to excessive brake pad wear. This in turn can reduce your brakes’ stopping power, damage your brake rotors, and lead to increased repair costs.

Certified technicians here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac can quickly determine the health of your brakes using a simple brake pad wear guide that indicates the thickness of the brake pads and whether or not they need to be replaced.

When the time comes to replace your brake pads, make sure you choose genuine General Motors brake pads. These pads are designed to fit your GM vehicle and perform exactly as the original brake did. They are also made using high-quality materials that have been proven to provide superior braking performance. These pads will also help reduce overall wear on your brake rotors and are backed by a 12-month unlimited mileage warranty.

If you have any concern about how your brakes are performing, or just want to have them inspected for peace of mind, bring your car in to us here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac and we’ll make sure your brakes are performing they way they should be.