It is inevitable that your car is going to need a brake pad and rotor replacement at some time during its lifetime. It depends on your driving style and how hard you ride your breaks, but it can also depend on other factors. How do you know your brake pads or brake rotors need replacing?
Failing Brake Pad Symptoms
- Noise when braking – this the most common sign of worn brake pads. The noise is the pad grinding and causing damage to the brake rotor.
- Low levels of braking fluid – if the brake pads are worn out, the brake calipers have to exude more force to stop the car, resulting in more brake fluid being used.
- You have to push harder on the brake pedal
- Warning lights are on – some cars are equipped with sensors alerting drivers that the brake pads are worn down.
Symptoms of Bad Brake Rotors
- Car vibrates when braking – because the brake rotor is warped, the brake pads are not hitting the brake rotor evenly and causing the car to vibrate.
- Braking noise – this will be a clattering noise because of a warped brake rotor.
- Harder to stop
If you are experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms, you need to schedule a visit to the European Service Center. Our ASE certified service mechanics have the tools to inspect, diagnose and repair any brake pad or brake rotor issues you may be having.