Brakes going bad?
From squealing brakes to pulsing shakes - here's the main signs why your brakes are going bad and may need to be replaced.
Squealing, screeching, rubbing, and grinding.
These are the main signs your brake pads are bad.
Brake pads are the parts of your brakes that push into the rotor to make your wheels stop. When they wear away, this is when you'll start hearing your brakes to make noises.
The first time you'll hear them is when brakes wear down to the brake wear indicator which is built in to the brake pads to make you aware they need replacing. When they're worn completely away like the picture of brake pads below, you not only will hear your brakes grinding, you'll be rubbing the metal into your rotors which leads to a more costly repair.
Vibrating and Pulsing
These are the main signs you're brake rotors or brake calipers are bad.
Brake rotors are the rotating disc that brake pads are pressed against by the calipers to stop your vehicle. When the pads wear into them enough, it causes groves and warping.
Brake calipers apply pressure to the brake pads. When that pressure isn't released, it causes friction between the brake pad and the brake rotor as the wheel turns which if left untreated can cause significant damage to the rotor.
Pedal Goes To The Floor
This is a sign the master cylinder or brake booster is damaged.
The master cylinder is where your brake fluid gets compressed. If it's not adding the correct pressure, your brakes won't engage correctly. Likewise, if the brake booster is compromised your brakes won't supply the right pressure.