Are Your Brakes Grinding? What to Expect When Your Subaru Needs Brake Repair


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What to Expect When Your Subaru Needs Brake Repair

Worrying about the status of your Subaru’s brakes after the warranty expires can be scary, especially if you’re not sure how to find out if anything is wrong with the vehicle. If your car is vibrating, grinding, shrieking, sputtering, or even behaving normally, you’ll want to keep reading to find out more about caring for your Subaru’s brake repair.

How Do I Know If It’s Time For a Brake Repair?

Brakes, no matter what the vehicle, eventually wear down and will need to be replaced. Now, the speed at which those brakes wear out vary by driver. Driving habits, weather and more all play a role in how often you need to get a replacement. Here are some signs that it’s time to go in for a brake repair:

Strange Sounds

If brakes are shrieking, squealing, grinding, something isn’t right. Grinding noises are especially troublesome—they may indicate that it’s time to get your brake pads replaced.


Another sign your Subaru is in need of brake repair service is pulling. If you apply the brakes and the car pulls to one side of the road, it may indicate that you’re out of fluid, your brakes are worn out or something needs to be readjusted.

Brake Lights Are On

If your brake light is on, it’s likely time to add more fluid. The solution may be as simple as adding more liquid (if you don’t know how to do this just take it to the shop), but fluid that’s exceptionally low may signify a leak.

Your Car Vibrates

Look, your vehicle is not supposed to vibrate when pressure is applied to the brakes. If anything shakes—something may be wrong with your brake rotors.

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 Pedals Feel Off

Too hard or too soft? If pushing down on your pedals doesn’t feel quite right, a few things could be happening. You may simply be running low on brake fluid. Or, there may be air trapped in the brake lines. Either way, it’s smart to get brakes checked out to make sure your Subaru is running smoothly and safely.

How Often Do Brakes Need to Be Replaced?

Again, different circumstances require different brake services, but in general, you should be getting your brakes replaced every 50,000 to 70,000 miles you put on your Subaru. It’s a good idea to get your brake rotors, and pads looked at each time you go in for a routine tune up, oil change or tire rotation. This way, you’ll be able to keep track of the state of your brakes–and can stay on the lookout for any major changes.

Don’t Take a Chance on Faulty Brakes–Bring Your Subaru Into the Shop!

Finally, if there’s any question that your brakes are in need of repair, it’s a good idea to take the car to a professional. Mick’s Automotive specializes in Japanese vehicles, meaning, they’ll have the expertise needed to ensure your Subaru’s brakes do their job for the long haul. What are you waiting for, if you’re in the Santa Cruz area–request a brake repair appointment today.

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— Paul G.

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