Onalaska, Wisconsin
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Onalaska, WI 54650
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How Do You Know If You Need New Brakes? April 20, 2017

Onalaska, La Crosse County
How Do You Know If You Need New Brakes?, Onalaska, Wisconsin

Although well-maintained brakes make driving safe, unfortunately, many drivers don’t pay attention to the warning signs of failure. That’s why the experts at Dee’s Auto Care Specialists go out of their way to educate customers on their vehicles. When it comes to brakes replacement, Dee’s provide in-depth answers to the following questions.

How Do You Know If You Need New Brakes?

1. Is There a Dashboard Light for My Brakes?

The first sign of failing brakes is often an illuminated dashboard symbol. This light may indicate your brake fluid is running low or an issue involving your hydraulic brake system. If a light comes on, call the Guy’s at Dee's and schedule a brake inspection on your vehicle.

2. What Sound Do Failing Brakes Make?

brakesThe high-pitched squeal all brakes eventually make is engineered into their design. It’s meant to notify drivers when their brake pads are wearing away and warrant replacement. If you ignore this sound for too long, it will give way to another noise—metal grinding on metal.

3. What Do Worn Brakes Look Like?

It’s best to have your brakes checked once a year.  Dee's offer free brake inspections on cars and light trucks.  If you can’t remember the last time you had your brakes checked.  It’s time to have them checked.

4. Do Failing Brakes Become Less Responsive?

If “flooring it” on your brake pedal is the only way to bring your vehicle to a complete stop, or if the pedal sinks to the floor, you need to visit Dee’s ASAP.

5. What Other Signs Indicate the Need for New Brakes?

If your brakes are wearing unevenly, they may cause your vehicle to pull to the side when you’re trying to drive straight. Your vehicle may also rattle or vibrate while braking.

In short, there are many signs your brakes require attention. If you stay on top of maintenance, you may only need to service these components rather than replace them. To hear what an auto repair specialist has to say about your ride, call Dee's Auto Care Specialists in La Crosse WI, Onalaska WI and Winona MN, or visit their website for more information. 

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