From making irritating noises to being the difference between safety and disaster, good brakes are an absolutely vital part of a car’s safe function. They are a crucial component of your car’s safety system, so it is important to regularly check them and be aware of any signs that indicate they need replacing. If you notice any of the following warning signs, you may need new brake pads.

Grinding or Squealing When Braking Technician showing worn out brake pads

One of the most obvious signs that you need new brake pads is if your car starts to make a grinding, squealing or scraping noise when you press down on the brakes. This irritating sound indicates that the metal backing plate attached to the pad is rubbing against the rotor, resulting in metal-on-metal contact. This could be caused by worn-down pads, but it could also mean more serious issues with your brakes. If you hear a loud grinding noise, take your vehicle in for an inspection right away.

Vibration When Stopping

If your car starts to vibrate when coming to a stop, this could be another sign that the brakes need replacing. If this happens, it could mean an uneven surface in your rotors or worn-out brake pads. This is dangerous because  it could result in decreased responsiveness and control of the car, so make sure to have your brakes inspected by a professional if you notice this symptom.

Illuminated Brake Warning Light

Your dashboard should have at least one light dedicated to braking systems. The “ABS” or “anti lock braking system” light will come on if there is any issue with the brakes such as low brake fluid levels or worn-down pads. Low brake fluid levels  often indicate a leak which needs to be addressed. If the light stays illuminated regardless of how much brake fluid is in your vehicle, then it could mean it’s time to replace the pads. If you notice any of these warning signs, you should have your car inspected by a professional mechanic right away. Ignoring this warning can cause further damage and affect performance on the road.

Loss of Braking Power

The next indicator that your brakes should be replaced is reduced braking power when pressing down on the pedal. Low quality or worn-out brake pads will require more effort from the driver in order for them to work properly—if this sounds like something you’re experiencing, schedule an appointment with a mechanic right away so they can assess and repair any potential issues before they become bigger problems down the line.               

Shaking Steering WheelTechnician replacing brakes

The final sign that new brakes are needed is shaking in the steering wheel while applying pressure to stop or slow down—this could also mean warped rotors due to heat buildup if not taken care of quickly enough; if left unchecked over time, warped rotors can cause permanent damage and ultimately lead to replacement of both rotors and brake pads if not taken care of soon enough. 

There are several warning signs that indicate it’s time for new brakes. It’s important to be aware of these indicators so that you can address any issues before they become bigger problems later on down the line! For car owners who want their vehicle to run safely and smoothly at all times, keeping up with regular maintenance checks for things like brakes are essential for taking preventative measures against costly repairs in future!

Slow Down Safely with Annie’s Auto

Annie’s Auto wants to remind its customers that taking care of your vehicle’s brake pads is essential for ensuring maximum safety on the road. Don’t wait until it’s too late – come to Annie’s Auto today and get your brakes replaced with the highest quality parts available. Our expert technicians are here to provide superior service, so you can rest assured that your vehicle is in good hands. Contact us now to book an appointment and get back on the road with confidence!

Annie’s Auto Locations


32094 Detroit Rd,
Avon, OH 44011

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1048 Pearl Rd,
Brunswick, Ohio 44212

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9944 Lorain Ave,
Cleveland, Ohio 44102

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Parma Heights

7041 W 130th St,
Parma Heights, Ohio 44130

M-F 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Sunday Closed