Many people wait for their brakes to start making a squealing sound before they have their brakes changed. While this is one indicator that the time has come to get to your Audi repair shop for service, there are others.

7 Indicators You Need Brake Service

Signs to look for are:

  1. A squealing or screeching sound
  2. Less than a quarter of an inch of brake pad remaining, which can be determined by a trained Audi repair technician
  3. Deep metallic grinding and growling sounds coming from the brakes
  4. Indicator lights coming on (if the vehicle has this feature)
  5. The vehicle is leaking brake fluid
  6. Car is pulling to one side when braking
  7. The vehicle can vibrate or shimmy when stopping

If you are experiencing any of these, head directly to our Audi repair shop and let us inspect your brakes and rotors. These are most often a sign that the brakes need inspection and possible service.

Several questions we are frequently asked about brakes are:

Q: On average, how long do brake pads last?

A: Generally, there is about a 40,000 mile average on brake pad life. However, it’s not uncommon to see some last 50,000-75,000 miles.

Q; Do I need to replace all four brakes at the same time?

A: Potentially no. However, brake pads should always be replaced in pairs. Our trained technicians will inspect the brakes and advise you on the condition of all four of your brakes.

Q: Can I put new brake pads on old rotors?

A: When a set of brake pads wear out and is replaced with new pads, it’s okay to install them on existing rotors if the technician determines the rotors are in good condition.


It’s important for your safety, and your vehicles working condition, that you get your brakes inspected at Ottohaus. Our Audi repair trained technicians will help you avoid further damage to your vehicle, avoiding more costly repairs. Contact us and let us inspect your brakes today.