My Brakes Are Okay, Right?

You’re driving along and you approach a red light. You step on the brakes and they squeal. Everything else seems fine, so you figure it’s just a fluke. It might be, but it’s a good idea to have your brakes inspected every 10,000 miles or right away if you notice something strange like a squeal. Great Falls Auto Repair offers the following signs that indicate your brakes may not be okay.

Strange Noises

Your brakes will squeal if they are wet, so if you were leaving the car wash when you stopped for that red light, don’t panic. They should not squeal regularly, however, nor should they grind. These sounds are signs that your brake parts are wearing down, which they inevitably do over time. For example, if your brakes grind as you slow down and stop, your brake pads are worn and need to be replaced.


Your car, truck or SUV might also vibrate when you press on the brake pedal. You will feel the vibration in the pedal or from your steering wheel. If the entire vehicle vibrates, it could more than your brakes that need attention. Vibration is usually caused by a worn rotor but if the pads are worn down bad enough, they could create vibration, too. Worn pads and rotors can further damage your brake system.

Cushiony Pedal

Driving becomes instinctive and you get to know the feel of your brake pedal over time. You know when to press on it and how long it will take for your vehicle to stop. You know how far down it usually goes before you receive resistance. If you notice a different feel to the brake pedal, such as a cushiony or soft feeling, or if it depresses much further than it normally does, there may be air in your brake fluid lines.

Increased Stopping Distance

Aside from the cushiony brake pedal, you may also begin to note that it takes much longer for your vehicle to stop than it used to. This might happen with the soft brake pedal or it may happen without noticeable changes to how your brake pedal feels underneath your foot. Taking longer to stop indicates normal brake wear and tear, so get the brakes fixed now before the brake cylinder is damaged.

Great Falls Auto Repair is located in – you guessed it – Great Falls, MT. Call us today to schedule a brake inspection if you are due for one or notice something odd about your vehicle’s brakes. Our number is 406-205-2703.

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