While we buy our cars to take us from one place to another, their ability to stop is perhaps even more important than their ability to "go." Brake problems are hazardous to you and others in the vicinity, so proper brake service is an integral component of routine maintenance. However, it's easy for us to take brakes for granted since they're out of sight and pretty much always work. Fortunately, we can mitigate brake issues by addressing a problem before it becomes more serious.

What are the signs my Volkswagen needs brake service?

The most obvious signs of brake trouble are unnervingly harsh sounds like squealing or grinding. But strange noises aren't the only indicators to look out for. Other symptoms include:

  • Excessive steering wheel vibration
  • Unusually stiff or spongy brake pedal feel
  • ABS warning light illumination
  • Pulling to one side
  • Strong acrid or burning odor

Brake pads don't have a predetermined limit for when they should be replaced, and their lifespan can vary widely (from 30,000 to 70,000 miles) depending on the operating conditions and driving habits. Therefore, it's important to have your brake system inspected at least once a year or every 10,000 miles during a scheduled maintenance visit.

Schedule Volkswagen brake service near Stoughton, Dedham, and Canton

Reach out to Volkswagen of Norwood for more information about brake service, our available specials, and the recommended maintenance for your specific VW model. And if it's time for an appointment, we invite you to take advantage of our convenient online service scheduler. We'll be happy to assist you.

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