You don't want to wait until your brakes are failing entirely to have them checked out. In fact, waiting until your brakes are no longer working is dangerous and can cause you to lose control of your vehicle while you are driving.

Your brakes are designed to give you warning signs when they aren't working as they should. This way, you can have repairs made as quickly as possible. Whether you haven't had your brakes checked in a while or you've just had them replaced and are unsure of how they are working, use this guide to help you determine if you need brake repair or not. Always schedule your brake inspection at your local mechanic.

Your brakes grind when you stop

When you pump your brakes, do they make a grinding sensation or noise like there is debris stuck in the brakes or their lines? Grinding is a sign that your brakes pads are starting to wear out, which can be a sign your brakes need to be replaced or repaired. Your brake pads have a lot of wear in them in general, so if you start to hear grinding on either your front or back brakes, think about the last time you had your brakes checked: odds are, it's been a while.

Your brakes squeal or clank

Your brakes may squeal or make mild noise when you stop, which is normal, especially if you are stopping suddenly or braking on gravel or ice. However, your brakes should not squeal or make a rattling, clanking sound whenever you apply pressure to them. If they do, there's either something stuck in your brakes or your brake pads are worn out.

Your brakes are stubborn

Do you have to apply a lot of pressure to your brakes to make them work? Do your brakes respond slowly or act like they aren't working properly? When's the last time you had your brake fluid checked?

Slow-responding brakes are a problem because you don't know what is causing the issue. There may be air in your brake lines, which can cause the brakes to fail. You may be low on brake fluid, which is dangerous for your vehicle. Or, your brakes may be older and be ready for replacement. The only way to know for sure why your brakes are so stubborn is to have them inspected by a mechanic.Take care of your brakes immediately if you suspect any kind of problem.