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Signs You Need New Brakes or Brake Pads

Signs You Need New BrakesWhile air bags and active driver assistive technologies have made the road safer, there are no safety features on your car that are more important than your brakes. There’s nothing that contributes more to the safety of your car’s occupants and to that of everyone else in the street than your brakes. Conversely, nothing is more dangerous than driving a car with bad brakes.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a brake expert to figure out if yours need replacing. In fact, if your brakes and brake pads are worn, you should be able to tell without so much as having to take a look at them. Here are some of the biggest warning signs you need new brakes.

  • The brake pedal vibrates. A pulsating or vibrating pedal, which feels a bit like when the ABS kicks in during a panic stop, is a sign of warped rotors. If you are certain your wheels isn’t out of alignment, and if you have recently
  • The brakes make a squealing noise. Don’t worry about it if it only happens once or on rare occasions. But if your brakes squeal regularly, that’s a sign your brake pads need to be replaced. Do so quickly before the problem gets worse.
  • The brakes make a grinding noise. That’s when the problem is worse. If your pads are excessively worn, the brake disc and caliper will rub together and make a terrible grinding noise. You’ll need to replace the rotors in addition to the pads.
  • The car pulls to one side. If the car pulls to one side while braking, this is usually a sign that the pads are wearing unevenly and need to be replaced.

If any of these are happening to you, visit Haddad Toyota at once to get your car back into shape!

How Can You Tell When You Need New Tires?

16215274363_b7d721bcde_z (1)Your tires are a very important part of your car, but they can wear out pretty quickly. Imagine running thousands of miles while barefoot. Your feet would be pretty damaged. That’s what can happen if your cars’ tires don’t have enough tread!

There are plenty of ways to tell if your tires need replacing. First, check your tire pressure using a gauge. If your tires are low (according to your owner’s manual), you can give them some air. If your tire isn’t holding air, you definitely need to come to the service center to get it repaired or replaced.

Also check your tires regularly for bulging or cracking, and also for nails or other things sticking out of them.

Finally, if you need to know whether your tread is too low, go for the penny test. Find a penny and place it in between your tread, with Abe’s head pointing downward. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, your tread is too low and the tire needs to be replaced.

If you’re unsure whether you need new tires or not, come over to Haddad Toyota’s service center and we’ll help you out. We also have great deals on new tires!