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Screeching, Squeaking, Grinding? 5 Signs Your Brakes Need a Pro Check

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Screeching, Squeaking, Grinding? 5 Signs Your Brakes Need a Pro Check

There you are, driving, and out of nowhere, "SCREECH." Yea, we've all heard it, a surefire sign that something's up with your brakes. But what are the root causes of that sound? What should you do to stay safe and ensure maximum performance? In this article, we'll review five signs your brakes need a professional check-up.


Bakersfield’s hot weather, dusty agricultural roads, and uneven road conditions make it even more important to stay on top of your Brake service and maintenance. So whether you're an experienced driver or just getting behind the wheel for the first time, read on and learn how to keep your brakes in top form.

Sign #1: Screeching or Squeaking Sounds

One of the more common signs that your brakes need attention is a screeching or squeaking sound when you apply them. A medium to loud, high-pitched sound reminiscent of metal scraping on metal.


This sound is usually caused by a wear indicator on your brake pads, designed to let you know when they need replacing. If you hear this sound, getting your brakes checked as soon as possible is important to avoid further damage.

Sign #2: Grinding Noises

If you hear a grinding noise when you apply your brakes, it's a sign that they need attention immediately. You won't only hear this one, but you'll likely feel the grinding sensation through your feet while stopping.


Most commonly, this is brake pads telling you they're worn completely down, which can cause damage to your brake rotors. If you hear this sound, it's important to stop driving your car and get your brakes checked as soon as possible. (Visit Circle M Tire & Automotive for a complimentary Brake Inspection using this link!)

Sign #3: Car Pulling to One Side When Braking

If your car pulls to one side when you apply your brakes, it could be a sign of an issue with your brake system caused by a number of different things, including a stuck caliper or uneven wear on your brake pads. This can be particularly dangerous, and it's important to check your brakes to avoid further damage or a potential accident.

Sign #4: Brake Pedal Feeling Soft or Spongy

If your brake pedal feels soft or spongy when you apply it, it's a sign that there may be air in your brake lines or a problem with your brake master cylinder. If this is the case, having your brakes checked and serviced immediately is essential to ensure they work correctly and safely. 

Sign #5: Vibration or Shaking When Braking

If you feel a vibration or shaking when you apply your brakes, your brake rotors could be warped or damaged. This can cause your brakes to not work as well as they should, which can be dangerous. Like the answers above, this is a surefire sign that you need brake service.


Your car's brakes are critical for your safety, and it's important to be aware of any signs that they might not work as they should. If you notice any of the signs we've discussed in this article, it's important to get your brakes checked by a professional as soon as possible to avoid further damage or a potential accident.


Don’t hesitate to visit Circle M Tire & Automotive in Bakersfield today! Our ASE-Certified auto mechanics will inspect, diagnose, and service your brakes to keep you on the road for years to come!

Schedule your appointment today, and don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions. We’re open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Our address is 10120 Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93312. We look forward to showing you what it means when we say we “Stand Behind Our Word.”