While there are obvious signs – such as the brake light appearing on the dashboard – that your brakes should be serviced, there are also more subtle signs you should have your brakes looked at.

Brake pads wearing down: During routine service checks mechanics will usually check your brake pads. Pads should be at least one-quarter of an inch thick. If they are thinner than that you should consider getting new pads.

High-pitched squealing, grinding: When your pads need to be replaced your car will often let you know via a high-pitched squeal when you’re braking. Also listen for a grinding sound.

Pulling: If your car feels like it’s pulling in one direction, it could signal a problem with the brakes. This could also be caused by other issues with your car, so it should be looked at by a mechanic.

Vibrations: If your car starts to vibrate when braking it could signal warped rotors. Vibrations can also be caused by other car issues, so it’s best to have a mechanic diagnose the problem.

Pedal problems: If you need to push the pedal almost all the way to the floor of your car, then it could mean your brake pads are worn out, or an issue with the hydraulic system. Leaking brake fluid can also signal a hydraulics issue. Not having to barely step on the brake to get your car to stop can also signal an issue.