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Big Lake Automotive

19868 172nd St
Big Lake, MN 55309

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If you’re wondering how to know when your brakes need changing, the answer is quite simple. Any time you start to notice stopping problems is the time to schedule a brake service. Good brakes are crucial for safe driving! As a conscientious driver, you know how your car handles in various driving situations, so this means you can be aware of how your car should respond when you step on the brake pedal.

Take the brake quiz below. Your answers are the factors that help determine the lifespan of your brakes.

  • What is your style of driving? If you are an aggressive driver, constantly pressing down hard on the brakes, such as in stop-and-go town traffic or at stoplights, your brakes will wear out quicker than normal. Try coming to a slow stop while pressing down gently on the brake pedal.
  • Have you overloaded your vehicle? If you are continually overloading your vehicle (which means the combined weight of the vehicle plus passengers and cargo), the effectiveness of your brakes is significantly diminished.
  • What is the quality of the brake components? The quality of the components, such as brake pads and rotors, impacts how fast they wear out.
  • What is the purpose of your vehicle? Do you pull heavy loads, such as heavy trailers, drive mostly in mountainous terrain, or make frequent stop-and-go trips? If so, your brakes will wear more quickly as they have to be applied harder and more frequently than on level straight roads.

Here are some indicators of how you can know when your brakes need changing:

  • Brake warning light on the instrument panel comes on and stays on.
  • Squealing, squeaking or grinding noises when you step on the brake pedal.
  • Wobbling, vibration or scraping when you use the brakes.
  • The brake pedal feels “spongy” or “soft” when you step on it.
  • Car pulls to one side or the other when braking.
  • Burning smell while driving caused by leaking fluid onto the motor.
  • Car lunges and bounces up and down when you make a hard stop.

Wondering how to know when your brakes need changing? 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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Wondering how to know when your brakes need changing? Call the brake repair specialists at Big Lake Automotive to schedule a needed brake service.
06
Jan
2020

If you’re wondering how to know when your brakes need changing, the answer is quite simple. Any time you start to notice stopping problems is the time to schedule a brake service. Good brakes are crucial for safe driving! As a conscientious driver, you know how your car handles in various driving situations, so this means you can be aware of how your car should respond when you step on the brake pedal.

Take the brake quiz below. Your answers are the factors that help determine the lifespan of your brakes.

  • What is your style of driving? If you are an aggressive driver, constantly pressing down hard on the brakes, such as in stop-and-go town traffic or at stoplights, your brakes will wear out quicker than normal. Try coming to a slow stop while pressing down gently on the brake pedal.
  • Have you overloaded your vehicle? If you are continually overloading your vehicle (which means the combined weight of the vehicle plus passengers and cargo), the effectiveness of your brakes is significantly diminished.
  • What is the quality of the brake components? The quality of the components, such as brake pads and rotors, impacts how fast they wear out.
  • What is the purpose of your vehicle? Do you pull heavy loads, such as heavy trailers, drive mostly in mountainous terrain, or make frequent stop-and-go trips? If so, your brakes will wear more quickly as they have to be applied harder and more frequently than on level straight roads.

Here are some indicators of how you can know when your brakes need changing:

  • Brake warning light on the instrument panel comes on and stays on.
  • Squealing, squeaking or grinding noises when you step on the brake pedal.
  • Wobbling, vibration or scraping when you use the brakes.
  • The brake pedal feels “spongy” or “soft” when you step on it.
  • Car pulls to one side or the other when braking.
  • Burning smell while driving caused by leaking fluid onto the motor.
  • Car lunges and bounces up and down when you make a hard stop.

Wondering how to know when your brakes need changing? 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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