Whether you drive a 2019 Jeep® Cherokee, a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, or an older vehicle, it’s crucial for you to know the signs that indicate you need new brakes. While you may not think about your brakes too often, they are critical to keeping you and others safe on the road. You always want to be proactive when it comes to your brakes because you never want them to fail under any circumstances.

Today, brake pads are made with a small metal shim that’s called an indicator. When your brake pads get too worn down, the indicator will make a noise that typically sounds like a screech or a squeal. If you hear a similar sound coming from your wheel wells, you may have to replace your brakes.

Even worse than hearing squealing or screeching is hearing grinding or growling coming from your wheel wells. If you hear metallic sounds similar to growling or grinding, if often means that your brake pads are completely worn down and your disc and caliper are rubbing against each other. If this continues for too long, it can score or scratch your rotors, which may mean they’ll have to be evened out or replaced.

If the nose of your car pulls to one side when you step on the brake pedal, it may indicate you need new brakes. A car will usually pull to one side or the other when you’re braking because your brake pads aren’t wearing down evenly.

If you’ve noticed any of the signs described above, we encourage you to make an appointment to bring your car into our Jeep service center near Portage, MI. We’ll inspect your brakes and address any issues they may have. Make an appointment to bring your vehicle into Vicksburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM today.