How do I know when I need new brake pads? Is there a quick way to find out if they’re in perfect working order?
Well… have you been feeling a slight grinding feeling whenever you hit the brakes? Are your brakes not as powerful as they used to be?
If so, then chances are you need to change your brakes. Keeping your brakes working is incredibly important.
It’s a major safety hazard if your brakes aren’t working properly. In fact, you could even rear-end somebody and rack up a big bill… or put a heavy dent into your insurance.
The best way to make sure the brakes on your car are working is usually by replacing worn-out brake pads. The right time to replace them depends on how often you drive.
… and it also depends on what kind of driving you’re doing. Here’s how to know when it’s time to get new brakes…
How To Know When You Need New Brake Pads
Take a Look
In most vehicles you will be able to see how worn out your brake pads are just by taking a look. All you need to do is look in between the spokes of your wheel for a shiny metal rotor.
Once you see the rotor, look around the outer edge where there’s a metal caliper.
Wedged in between the caliper and rotor, you will see a brake pad. Now you’ll have to guess how worn out it is, but your brake pads should at least be 1/4 of an inch in thickness..
If they look thinner, it’s a very good idea to get them changed.
Listen When You Brake
If you hear a high-pitched squeal that pierces your ears and causes everyone around you to cringe when you hit your brakes… then chances are you need to replace your brake pads.
You see, brake pads are made with an indicator. It’s a small piece of metal embedded in the brake pad. This metal piece causes that annoying screech whenever the brake pads are worn out.
If you start to hear that sound when you hit the brakes… and it doesn’t go away after a few stops… then it’s time to get your car to the service center right away.
Keeping your brakes well-maintained may prevent future accidents whenever you need to make an emergency stop.
Your brakes are actually one of the most important parts in your vehicle, so don’t take them for granted.
You could spend hours of your days off replacing the brake pads. But why waste your time?
Our team of professionals can do it for you. Book your appointment online or call Direct Auto Mall’s service center at 844-213-1232 now.