Brake pads are among the most crucial mechanisms in your car to keep you safe. Every time you press on the brake pedal, your brake pads wear down to protect the hardware beneath. Over time, they can be so thin that your safety will be in jeopardy. Knowing when to replace your brake pads and save your life. On average, your brake pads should be replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. This number can change based on different driving conditions and styles. Here are some signs to look out for that say it is time to replace your brake pads.
Strange sounds are coming from the brakes
The first symptom that will show is a strange squeaking every time you press on the brakes. Extremely worn-down brake pads cause this squeaking or squealing. When they wear down further, you will hear a grinding, which indicates you are beginning to damage your rotors. Replace your brake pads when you hear the first sound. It will only get more expensive to repair as the damage worsens.
Braking causes a vibration
This is a classic sign that your braking system needs to be looked at by a professional. Vibration implies that the rotors beneath the brake pads are warped, creating uneven wear and unsafe driving conditions.
It takes longer to stop
As the brake pads get thinner, they do not work as well. If your stopping time is too long, then the brake pads have been worn down completely.
Your brake pad indicator light comes on
Look for the same light when you engage your parking brake. This is an obvious sign that you need to replace your pads. Your brake light won’t always light if there is an issue, but it should be taken seriously if it does light up.
They look thin
Visually looking at the brake pads is a great way to inspect them. You can find them between the spokes of your wheels. Any brake pad that is less than ¼ inch thick needs a replacement.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, you should get that checked out right away. If you have waited too long and you find yourself in the aftermath of an accident, Performance Collision Centers is here to help! Visit a location nearest you to see how we can help!