While brake replacement and repair services are part of your regular vehicle maintenance, figuring out the exact timeline for them can be a bit of a science, but it really doesn't have to be. In fact, there are a few hard and fast signs of a necessary brake service for your vehicle. 

Here are a few of the most common signs, and if indicated, schedule a brake replacement service at your local service center near Mechanicsville, Ashland, and Richmond, VA.

High-Pitched Squealing When Braking

If you hear a loud, high-pitched squealing noise-think nails on a chalkboard-when you apply the brakes, this is a sign that you need a brake pad replacement. This noise is designed to let you know that it's time to get this service as soon as possible, but it isn't a sign that you need to panic. 

The noise is caused by a hard layer of metal built into the brake pads that serves as an early warning that the brake pad is wearing down. Schedule a brake pad replacement as soon as possible to avoid damage to your rotors and suspension system.

Grinding Noise When Braking

If you hear a grinding noise when braking, it's likely time for you to get your rotors replaced. When your brake pads wear down too must, past the warning layer and into the next level of metal, they'll start to grind into your rotors and cause irreparable damage. 

Your rotors spin with your tires and are slowed down by the brake pads. But without the brake pads, you've simply got a lot of metal grinding on metal that isn't supposed to be doing that. This causes a grinding noise that lets you know your rotors are being damaged with every touch of the brakes.

Vibrations in the Steering Wheel or Pedal

If you feel vibrations in the steering wheel or brake pedal when you apply your brakes, it's likely time for you to get both your rotors and brake pads replaced. You may not hear the grinding noise, but that feeling is likely caused by worn-down brake pads grinding into the rotors. 

On the other hand, the vibrations could be a sign of a wheel alignment, which is necessary when you don't get your brakes serviced regularly.

Schedule a Brake Service Appointment

Is it time for you to get your vehicle's brakes serviced? Bring your vehicle to the trusted professionals at your local Ford dealership near Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville. Richmond Ford offers a full-service automotive service department for all of your vehicle repair and maintenance needs, including brake repair and brake replacement services. 

Our highly trained professional service professionals are here to handle all of your automotive maintenance needs Monday through Friday from 7 am until 9 pm and Saturday from 7 am until 4 pm. You can schedule an appointment online or call us now at 804-254-9233 to speak to a service expert.

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