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Signs That It’s Time for a Brake Replacement

You're zipping around Boulder without a care in the world. Then, out of the blue, a car pulls out right in front of you. You slam on the brakes and avoid a potentially bad accident by inches.

We don't really think about our brakes until we experience something like this. That's why it's so important to always have brakes in top-working condition.

Here are some signs that it's time for a brake replacement:

You hear a high-pitched screeching sound when you apply your brakes

The small metal shim, called an indicator, is responsible for this sound. If you hear it, then you know it's time to replace your vehicle's brakes pads.

Pro tip: Avoid putting off this appointment. The longer you wait, the more unsafe your vehicle becomes.

Your brakes are not as responsive

As aforementioned, there are times when your vehicle's brakes prevent accidents. It's never good when your brakes become less responsive or if the pedal sinks toward the floor. A “sinking” pedal could indicate some sort of leak in the braking system.

Your vehicle pulls to one side while breaking

This could be a sign that the brake linings are wearing unevenly. Another culprit could be foreign matter in the brake fluid.

So what exactly will your local auto shop recommend? It's possible your car or truck will need a brake adjustment or have the fluid drained and replaced.

You notice a grinding or growling sound

We probably don't need to tell you that this sound is not a good thing. The growling or grinding noise is caused by the disc and the caliper rubbing together. If you hear it, then you've most likely worn down the pads beyond replacement.

Your local auto repair professional will most likely advise that the rotors be either turned or replaced.


What's often called a pulsating brake pedal, vibration is usually a symptom of warped rotors. Drivers feel this vibration because the brake pads aren't able to grab the surface evenly. If you brake for extended periods of time, such as when you're returning home from the mountains, warped rotors may be the result.

We recommend stopping on occasion to allow your brakes to cool off in these instances.

Hassle-Free Brake Service

You would do anything to keep you and your passengers safe while driving, right? Frankly, it all starts (and stops) with brakes. The Shop Automotive is Boulder's choice for brake repair.

Over the years, our team has seen just about everything when it comes to brakes. You can count on us to diagnose and fix your dilemma faster than other competitors in town. Unlike other mechanics who do the bare minimum, we go above and beyond to keep you informed about your vehicle and what we recommend.

Need another reason to choose The Shop Automotive? Well, our 36-month/36,000-mile warranty covers the majority of brake repairs.

Let us help you feel safe again on the road. Call The Shop Automotive to ask about brake repair and brake replacement.

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