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1685 Richardson Hwy, North Pole, AK 99705

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4415 Airport Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709

Do I Need New Brakes?

Your brakes are one of the most important components of your car. Without properly functioning brakes, you risk getting into an accident. It can be hard to gauge when exactly you need to replace your brakes. But use your five senses to look for these signs that it’s time to have them replaced with new ones.

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Brake Vibrations

If your brakes violently vibrate when you step on the pedal, it can indicate that you need new brakes. They are likely vibrating because of thin brake pads or warped rotors. No matter what is causing the violent vibrations, it’s important that you bring your car in to a trusted mechanic to have your brakes looked at and replaced.

Brake Grinding 

Brakes should never produce a grinding sound when used. If you do hear a grinding noise, it likely means that the brake pads have worn all the way down and are beyond replacement. The grinding sound is caused by your car’s metal brake disc and metal caliper rubbing together. W\hen this happens, you will need to have your rotors turned or replaced. 

Slow Responsiveness

Brakes that are slow to respond or brake pedals that feel loose usually indicate a problem with the brake line. It can be something simple like a brake fluid leak or air in the brake line. If your car has been parked for a long time, you can check for a brake fluid leak by moving your vehicle from its original parking position and examining the ground where the car was parked. If you see liquid on the ground, bring your vehicle to a mechanic to have your brakes examined. 

Uneven Wearing

Your car should never veer to the left or right when you press on the brake. If it does, it probably means that some brakes are working better than others, and they have worn unevenly. If you let the problem persist, you’ll end up putting unnecessary stress on your steering rack and ball joints. Do not risk putting unnecessary stress on your vehicle and causing more damage. Instead, have your car checked out by a mechanic immediately.  

Brake Replacement in AK

Your car needs reliable brakes to tackle the tough Alaskan conditions. Don’t delay getting them replaced; bring your vehicle into Pearson Auto today. We’ll replace your brakes quickly and efficiently so you can get back on the road. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

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