Top 5 Signs That Your Subaru Needs New Brakes

Subaru Brake Inspection Benefits

Routine brake service can help keep your vehicle running at its optimum level. Learn why brake service is so important in this short video.

If you haven't had your brakes looked at for a while, here are several symptoms that you can feel and listen for to determine if your car is in need of brake service in Kansas City, MO.

I have to hit my brake pedal to the floor

There could be several reasons for this, but a brake fluid leak may well be the culprit. If you notice fluid under your car in conjunction with suddenly having to hit the brake pedal a lot harder than you're used to, do not hesitate to visit our brake shop. Also, check out our specials page to see if we have any current brake service coupons online.

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I hear grinding when I brake

There should be absolute silence when engaging a car's braking system, so it's a bad sign if you hear grinding. This sound likely means that your brake pads are out of commission and that metal is now scraping against the rotors. If you ever hear this, bring your car to our Subaru brake service shop immediately, as it's a dangerous state to drive in, as grinding causes heat to build up that leads to fading (i.e., severely reduced braking power) or the brakes can grind down so far that they lock up. We've seen the aftermath of this at our brake shop in Kansas City and can say firsthand that the results are not pretty.

I hear a high-pitched squeal when I brake

This is a common signal associated with thin brake pads, especially front brake pads. A metal piece called the brake wear indicator makes the noise and it's an audible warning sign that your pads are ready to go. When you need new Subaru brake pads, visit our auto maintenance center to have a qualified mechanic handle your brake pad replacement. You may also order OEM Subaru brakes in Kansas City on our website.

Genuine Subaru brake pads vs. aftermarket parts

You may find that some  aftermarket brake pads and rotors are cheaper than OEM  Subaru parts; however, keep in mind  that you get what you pay for. In tests, many cheap aftermarket brake pads  rusted faster and broke down quicker than Subaru front and rear brake pads.  The same was true for cheap rotors, which also caused shuttering.

I feel vibration when braking

If alignment isn't the problem, there's a chance that you have warped brake rotors. For a proper diagnosis, have our mechanics take a look.

I feel pulling when I brake

There are a number of possible causes, including issues related to tires, alignment and suspension problems. However, if it's a brake issue, there may be a stuck caliper, uneven rotor wear, a collapsed brake hose or worn-down brake pads.

I'm looking for well-rated brake shops near me

Our shop proudly offers Subaru brake service to vehicle owners across the area, including those in Wichita, Lee's Summit, Overland Park and Independence. As a Subaru Stellar Care Award winner, we're dedicated to providing exceptional service to all customers old and new.

Van Subaru's manufacturer-certified mechanics are thoroughly trained to perform all manner of brake repairs. Whether you need Subaru Outback, Forester or Impreza brake pad replacement in Kansas City, along with any other service for your specific car model, we're here to help. While you're on our site, also make sure you check out our current service specials to see if we have any current brake pad replacement and brake fluid flush coupons.

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