Maintaining proper control of your vehicle at all times is essential. A regular check on your brakes and braking system will ensure you get full stopping power when you press on the brake. Most of us can feel when we need to bring our car in for brake servicing because our brakes are slower to respond when pressing them, or we hear and feel a grinding as we stop (by then it’s past due for servicing!)

We believe in a more preventative approach to maintaining your brake system and recommend having your car or truck inspected if you see or hear any of the following:

  • Poor performance
  • Brake light on your dashboard
  • Pulling to one side when braking
  • Brake pedal feels soft or spongy
  • Squeaking, grinding, or squealing
  • Any fluid leaks noticed under your car
Working on car brakes

What is a brake service?

The term “brake service” can be seen as an umbrella term for any mechanical work involving your vehicle’s brakes. In a typical situation, a technician will first inspect your brakes to ensure that the brake components are working correctly.

The technician will check your vehicle’s rotors, brake pads, clips, and callipers to ensure that they’re all in good working order. If any of the brake components need to be repaired or replaced, the technician will consult you and check when you’d like the repairs done.

Why and when do you need your brakes serviced?

There are a few signs that your vehicle’s brakes need to be serviced. For example, you might hear a high-pitched squeal, which could signify that your brake pads need to be replaced. In other situations, you might hear a grinding noise that could mean that your brake pads are completely worn through.

In other cases, you might feel like your vehicle has developed a mind of its own and pull to the left or to the right while you’re driving or braking.

These could be signs that there is a problem with your vehicle’s brake system. Other signs could show that your brakes need to be serviced, which we will share below.

Signs your brakes need to be serviced

ABS light

When your vehicle’s ABS light turns on in your dashboard, you will know that it’s time to have your brakes repaired. The ABS light is the signal for the anti-lock braking system, and when the light is, this means that your vehicle’s sensors have found a problem.

Grinding noise

Typically, you’ll notice a grinding noise when you try to stop your vehicle. This noise can sometimes even sound like howling or squealing and could mean that your brake pads have been completely worn down. This means that metal grinding against metal could lead to almost no stopping power.


Whenever you press on your brakes, your vehicle should smoothly and easily move in a straight line. But if your vehicle pulls to the right or to the left, it could be a sign that there’s uneven wear and tear on your brake pads. It could also indicate that there are impurities stuck in the brake cylinder or the brake fluid.

Spongy brakes

If you find that you need to push your brake pedal almost all the way down or push them completely down before feeling your vehicle slow down, it’s probably a sign that your brake pads have been worn out. It could also be a sign that your brake fluid is leaking or there is air in the brake lines.

Brake pedals vibrate

If you feel an odd vibration with your brake pedals, there could be a few things wrong with your vehicle. However, if you feel a vibration while you are pushing the brake, it will typically mean it’s due to warped brake rotors.

Your vehicle’s brake pads grab onto the rotors to cause friction to slow down your vehicle when need it. If the rotors are warped, they won’t have a smooth surface to rub up against, leading to brakes having very little power.

Final thoughts about a brake service

A brake service is a crucial process that will improve your chances of not having an accident while you’re out on the road. You should pay attention to the signs that your brakes need servicing, such as your ABS light switching on and listening for a grinding or a screeching noise when you press on the brakes.

When you get your brakes serviced, it’s important that you work with a knowledgeable technician at an auto repair shop that will do a thorough inspection. Who knows, a brake service could save your life.