When it’s Time for Brake Repair or New Brake Pads

One of the keys to being safe on the road at all times, is ensuring that your brakes are performing well without issues. Brake pads generally need to be replaced every 40,000-50,000 miles, but as with most things, this can vary based on a lot of different factors. It is important to be aware of the warning signs that will let you know it is time for some new brake pads.

Here are a few of the top signs that you need to replace your brake pads:

Vibration When Braking

If you start to notice a heavy vibration as you press down on the brake pedal, it is definitely time to change out your brake pads! At the first sign of this, be sure to bring your car in to let the experts take a look.

Squeaking Sound When Coming to a Stop

This is probably the easiest sign to notice as it can be rather annoying, but it doesn’t always mean that your brake pads are the problem. It is common for brake pads to squeak during certain weather conditions. For this reason, it is important to always check with a professional before taking any action.

Metal to Metal Grinding Sound

If you begin to hear this, you want to take your car in to get checked out right away. If your brake pads are worn down to the metal, it is both very dangerous and could cause extensive damage to your car.

Brake Pad Thickness

This is the toughest way to identify if you need new brake pads. If you look behind your tires and measure the thickness of the brake pads, it will give you an idea of how close you are to needing new breaks. If they are less than ¼ inch, you will need to start thinking about new brake pads.

While it is important to be aware of these signs, the most effective way to ensure that you are always staying safe is to regularly bring your car into the professionals at Enjoying Mechanics. Our top priority is making sure that you feel good about the performance and safety of your car. Feel free to contact us or make an appointment to bring your car in.

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