Time For New Brakes

Posted on June 14th, 2019 by ncapmanage

As far as safety features go, your vehicle’s brakes should always be in the best condition possible. As a Chicago auto parts repair shop, we know how important it is to have working brakes, so how can you tell when it’s time to replace or fix them? Check out some guidelines below.

Look And Listen

You can check for brake wear on disc brakes by looking at your brake pads through the spaces between the wheel’s spokes. If you see less than ¼ inch of the outside pad that’s pressed against the metal rotor, you should have your brake pads either inspected or replaced.

Conversely, if you hear a high-pitched screeching sound as you apply the brakes, your indicator is giving you an audible warning that it’s time for a replacement. You’ll be able to hear the sound when the windows are up and if you hear it regularly, stop by New Cats Auto Parts for an inspection.

Non-Responsive Brakes

If your brake pedal “sinks” toward the floor, it’s not being responsive and may be an indication of a braking system leak. You’ll be able to tell if there is a brake fluid leak when you park your car and can see a small puddle of fluid similar to fresh motor oil.


If you feel your brake pedal pulsating, it could mean that you have warped rotors. The vibration feels like a panic stop in a vehicle equipped with anti-lock brakes. You’d feel the vibration because the brake pads aren’t evenly grabbing the surface. This becomes a dangerous way to drive.

Call New Cats Auto Parts at (773) 947-0500 to or our location for any auto questions you may have. We are happy to help you and your vehicle with any Chicago auto parts replacements!