Brakes are a critical part of your driving safety, so if there’s a problem with your brakes, you need to know it. You might even be at a point where you need new brakes. Your Cottman center can help analyze your brakes and make sure they’re in like-new condition.

Generally speaking, any noticeable changes in your car’s brakes — whether it’s a noise, a roughness, a difference in how the pedal feels, etc. — should be checked by a qualified technician.

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Here are a few signs to help determine if your brakes are working properly when you think you might be having brake problems:

  • Squealing noises when you apply the brakes are often just that: noises. They don’t usually indicate a serious problem. But they are annoying and can be corrected with a few minor adjustments to the brake pads.
  • Grinding or scraping sounds are often more serious; they indicate the brakes are worn out and are allowing the rivets or backing plates to scrape against the rotors. If you catch them early you may avoid additional expenses.
  • If you notice a consistent squealing noise that goes away when you touch the brakes, you may need new brake pads. The squeal is caused by a wear indicator that’s just beginning to touch the rotors.
  • Any pulling to one side, chattering, or vibrating when you touch the brakes indicates a problem that needs to be addressed. These could be simple repairs or they may be more serious. Either way, get them checked.
  • If the brake pedal fades as you’re applying it, you have a hydraulic problem. Once again, this is something you need to have checked, as it can cause you to lose your brakes entirely.

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The most important thing to remember is, if you notice a change, and think you might need new brakes don’t play around: Get your car into Cottman and have your brakes checked professionally.