How to Tell When It’s Time for New Brakes

Properly functioning brakes are the difference between safely stopping and being involved in a collision. While some components can be repaired, such as resurfacing the rotors, it may be difficult to ascertain whether your brakes and/or its components require repair or replacement. At South Park Service Center in Morgantown, WV, our team can quickly diagnose your brake problems as we regularly repair and replace brake systems in cars and trucks of every make, model and year.

To uncover the mystery of whether your brakes are in need of servicing, here are 4 signs that will help you tell when it’s time for new brakes.

  • Grinding noise: Once you hear a grinding noise, you can guarantee your brake pads have been worn down and it’s time for new pads. If you have allowed the grinding noise to continue for a prolonged period of time, your brake discs or drums may also need to be replaced.
  • Squealing noise: If your rotor surface is bumpy versus smooth, you may hear a squealing noise upon braking. At South Park Service Center, our brake service includes new rotors and brake pads.
  • Steering wheel shaking or brake pedal pulsation: When braking, you may notice vibrations in the steering wheel or brake pedal, which points to an issue with the rotors. Depending on who last serviced your brakes, you may be dealing with nothing more than improperly tightened rotors. However, the vibration may be the result of one or more of rotors having flat spots, which can be resurfaced, or due to extensive warping that demands rotor replacement.
  • Brake pedal sinks to the floor: If your brake pedal is sinking to the floor, urgent attention is needed as your brakes may fail at any time due to a malfunctioning master cylinder.
  • Morgantown Brake Repair
    At South Park Service Center in Morgantown, WV, we urge every client to promptly schedule a brake inspection appointment should they begin to hear unusual sounds or experience issues when depressing the brake pedal. If you are concerned that your vehicle’s brakes might fail or it has been more than 5 months or 5,000 miles since you last had your brake pads checked, contact South Park Service Center by calling (304) 292-4390. Don’t risk your safety or the safety of others – call for a brake repair at South Park Service Center today!


    301 Pleasant Street
    Morgantown, WV 26501