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Vibrations in Brake Pedal
A vibration in your brake pedal is a sure sign that your brakes need attention. The vibration is usually caused by worn rotors or worn brake pads. The pads and rotors will both need to be replaced to keep your brakes working properly.

Brake rotors are located inside the vehicle's wheels. When you press your brake pedal, the brake pads squeeze the rotors, slowing down your car. Rotors must be smooth and even to function correctly. Differences in disc thickness will cause a wobbly or shaky feeling when you apply the brakes. An uneven rotor surface can be smoothed out when you have your brakes serviced.

Low or No Resistance
When you step on your brake pedal, you should feel some resistance. If you don't feel any, you probably have a problem. The lack of resistance could be caused by a leak in the brake lines or the master cylinder. Have your brakes inspected by a mechanic as soon as possible.

Car Pulling to One Side
If your car begins to pull to one side when you apply the brakes, it's likely the brake pads are applying uneven pressure to the rotor. The brake pads or rotors may be worn out, or your brake fluid may be low. Have your brakes checked by a mechanic for a diagnosis.

Squealing or Grinding Sounds
When your brake pads are worn out and need replacing, you'll hear a squealing sound when you apply your brakes. The squeal is caused by the "wear bar," which is designed to alert you when your brake pads need attention. If the pads are severely worn down, you may hear a grinding, scraping sound of metal against metal. If this occurs, you need to have your brakes serviced by a mechanic immediately.

Many car owners overlook the importance of ongoing brake maintenance, but RIO Car Wash hopes you will have your brakes serviced regularly to keep them in safe working order as you travel throughout Virginia and beyond.