- November 25, 2019
- By enjoyingmechanics
- In Brakes
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.