Signs You Need New Brakes

The braking system is responsible for your safety under normal driving conditions and that means it needs to be in tip-top shape at all times. While that likely isn’t new information to any driver, there’s no clear mileage marker to indicate when you need new brakes. Fortunately the brakes themselves can give you an obvious sign they need attending to. Here are a few tell-tale signs you need new brakes.

  • Unresponsiveness – If your brakes are just unresponsive or the pedal sinks to the floor, there could be a problem in the system. There could be an air leak in the hose or brake fluid could be leaking. Either way, you will want to make a service appointment as soon as possible.
  • Vibrations – A vibrating brake pedal is far from normal and is a clear sign for worry. While there isn’t anything to worry about when the anti-lock brakes are engaged during hard braking, vibrations under normal circumstances could be a sign of warped rotors. Common causes of warped rotors include towing or driving down steep hills.
  • Pulling – If your car pulls to one side when braking, there isn’t much to worry about but it definitely warrants a visit to a dealership’s service department. The brake linings could be wearing unevenly or there could be something in the brake fluid. Make an appointment to find out!

2 thoughts on “Signs You Need New Brakes”

  1. Thanks for bringing to my attention that a vibrating brake pedal can be a sign of problems. I’ve noticed this happening when I brake fairly hard, and at first I thought it was just the ABS, but it happens almost every time, so I think it might be something else. Maybe I could take my car in to have a professional take a look and see if the brakes need to be repaired or replaced.

    1. Lillian, we are glad to hear that you found this article helpful. We would highly recommend that you get your brakes checked, you can never be too careful when it comes to such an important part of your car! If you are local please feel free to bring your car by our service department and one of our knowledgeable technicians would be happy to check it out for you. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 812-473-0215 or visit our service department online at

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