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*Screeeeeccch* A high-pitched screeching sound when stopping is your car’s way of saying your brake pads need to be replaced, while a crunchy metal-on-metal grinding noise indicates that your brake pads are likely beyond repair, and you may need to rotate your rotors or replace them entirely. 

But terrible sounds aren’t the only warnings that your brakes need a check-up. Here are four other things to look out for: 

Leaking — Do you see a small puddle of something pooled under your car? This could be brake fluid. Without brake fluid, your brakes will not work, so take that leak seriously. 

Pulsating — If you hit the brake and your entire car pulsates — or feels like someone’s taken a jackhammer to your tires — this could be a sign of warped rotors that need to be replaced, among other concerning issues. 

Dashboard Warning Lights — These lights are installed for a reason: To warn you if something’s wrong with your brakes. With the brake light, not only will your vehicle fail MA State Vehicle Inspection, but this could be a sign of a fluid leak. 

It’s Been Awhile — You should consider getting your brakes and brake pads examined if it’s been a long time since you’ve done so (or if you never have!). Brakes need to be replaced at different times depending on a number of factors — age of vehicle, how you drive, where you drive, etc. — and if you know you’re hard on your vehicle, it’s best to go in right away. If your brake pads are worn to under ¼ inch wide, they should be replaced.

So what are you waiting for? Stop into Cape Auto today for a brake check up, and receive up to $50 back on a qualifying NAPA brake parts purchase of $250 or more from now until June 30, 2021!