Signs Your Brakes Need to Be Replaced

Posted on November 28th, 2018 by ncapmanage

The brakes are the most important aspect of your car for getting from point A to point B safely. When the brake indicator on your dashboard lights up, it may mean you are due for an inspection or that the part needs to be replaced. At New Cats Auto Parts, we sell new and used auto parts near Dolton and are happy to help you find the part you need.

Leaking Fluid

If you are experiencing a soft brake pedal it could be an indicator that there is fluid leaking from your vehicle. This fluid could be leaking from the master cylinder or elsewhere in the brake system. If this is the case and fluid is leaking, there may not be enough power to stop your vehicle.

Unusual Sounds

Any unusual sounds coming from your car should be a concern, but high-pitched noises that only stop when you apply the brakes indicates that your brake pad wear indicators are worn. They are made out of steel so when they wear and come into contact with the rotor they make a high-pitched noise. If you ignore this, you will cause damage to your rotor, which is expensive to fix.


If you smell a burning smell or chemical order after repeated hard braking, you have likely overheated your clutch and/or brakes. If you smell a sharp burning smell, pull over immediately so that your brakes can cool. If you don’t give your brakes this time to cool, you are risking heating up the brake fluid, which can result in complete failure.

Not every noise or issue with your brakes means that you need to fully replace them. Like any other auto part near Dolton, it wears out over time. If you are in the market for new auto parts stop by New Cats Auto Parts.