Can’t slow down? What does it mean when you hear a horrible sqealing sound when you press on the brake pedal? Are your brakes shot? Is it still safe to drive the vehicle? It’s definitely time to get the vehicle to a mechanic, because something is either wrong, or about to be wrong. Often, brake pads on modern vehicles have wear indicators that produce a squealing or high pitched noise once the brake pad is worn to a certain point. When you hear the squeal, it’s time to get your brakes checked. If you keep driving with the worn pads, they’ll eventually damage the brake rotor. Sometimes damaged brake rotors can be repaired by smoothing out their working faces, but sometimes the damage is severe enough that the entire rotor needs to be replaced. If your vehicle makes a metal-on-metal grinding sound… you’ve got problems. I’d seek out a qualified service tech as soon as possible.
Why wait? You need to change the pads anyway- don’t add the expense of working on the rotors too! The old cliche is true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Bad brakes are a recipe for disaster- your qualified service technician from the Woody’s Automotive group can help you keep your vehicle safe and keep costs down by addressing problems while they’re still small.