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Big Lake Automotive

19868 172nd St
Big Lake, MN 55309

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If you have to push down hard on the brake pedal to come to a stop, it’s time for a full brake service. There is really no stated schedule as to how often should you change your brakes. The best things you can do is watch and listen for the signs of braking problems.

If your brakes are starting to fail, here are six obvious signs that you will start to notice:

  • Noisy brakes -- Many cars have built-in wear sensors that scrape against the brake disc when the pads need replacing, creating annoying screeching sounds. Also, if the brake pads are completely worn down, you will hear a metal-on-metal grinding sound.
  • Vibrating -- A warped disc will cause the brake pedal to pulsate under light or moderate pressure.
  • Burning smell -- If brake fluid is leaking onto the hot motor, you will notice a burning smell while driving.
  • Longer stopping distances -- If you are pushing the brake pedal down to the floor to stop your car, it also means it is taking longer to come to a stop. Brake linings wear gradually so it could reach a danger point before you notice it.
  • Steering problems -- Brake pads that are worn down too far will cause the steering wheel to tug or the car to pull from one side or the other while braking.
  • Warning light -- Even though many cars now have electronic wear indicators that alert the driver if the pads wear down to a specified measurement, it is still best to rely on a visual inspection.

Tip to remember: Be proactive and have your brakes inspected about every six months, the same time you schedule a tire rotation service.

Concerned about how often should you change your brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about brake service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

Concerned about how often should you change your brakes? Regular brake service will ensure that your vehicle is driving safe.
05
Apr
2019

If you have to push down hard on the brake pedal to come to a stop, it’s time for a full brake service. There is really no stated schedule as to how often should you change your brakes. The best things you can do is watch and listen for the signs of braking problems.

If your brakes are starting to fail, here are six obvious signs that you will start to notice:

  • Noisy brakes -- Many cars have built-in wear sensors that scrape against the brake disc when the pads need replacing, creating annoying screeching sounds. Also, if the brake pads are completely worn down, you will hear a metal-on-metal grinding sound.
  • Vibrating -- A warped disc will cause the brake pedal to pulsate under light or moderate pressure.
  • Burning smell -- If brake fluid is leaking onto the hot motor, you will notice a burning smell while driving.
  • Longer stopping distances -- If you are pushing the brake pedal down to the floor to stop your car, it also means it is taking longer to come to a stop. Brake linings wear gradually so it could reach a danger point before you notice it.
  • Steering problems -- Brake pads that are worn down too far will cause the steering wheel to tug or the car to pull from one side or the other while braking.
  • Warning light -- Even though many cars now have electronic wear indicators that alert the driver if the pads wear down to a specified measurement, it is still best to rely on a visual inspection.

Tip to remember: Be proactive and have your brakes inspected about every six months, the same time you schedule a tire rotation service.

Concerned about how often should you change your brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about brake service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

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