This summer, don’t let bad brakes get in the way of your good time. You may be taking a road trip or driving to the beach, and the last thing you want to do is visit our service center due to brake malfunction. The RAM dealers at our Shelby car dealership have more information about when it’s time to get your brakes checked on your Dodge car or RAM truck. In the meantime, consider these warning signs and upkeep tips.

It’s important to listen for any strange sounds that are coming from your car. When you press down on the brakes, if you hear any sound at all, pay close attention to see if it goes away. Often, minor squeaks from your brakes can happen after it’s been sitting a while or after it rains, so if the sound goes away after you’ve been driving a bit, it could be nothing.

However, if you hear a grinding sound, you know it’s time to take your vehicle in. Additional signs you should keep an eye out for include squealing or vibration while stopping, a spongy brake pedal, leaking fluid, or the car pulling to one side.

Brake service involves our technicians inspecting your brakes and determining what’s wrong. You may need to replace the brake pads or fill the brake fluid in your Jeep® Cherokee or RAM 1500. The earlier you bring your car in, the better. The longer you wait to get your vehicle checked, the more damage could happen.

To prevent major issues from happening, have your brakes checked out often. When you get an oil change, have the mechanic check the brake fluid levels. Ask them to check the current state of the pads to ensure there’s no damage. Visit our Buckeye Superstore service center near Mansfield, OH today to ensure your brakes are in good shape.