In a survey based on 44,000 car crashes, the latest studies showed that 22% of the crashes were due to mechanical failure of the brakes. Too often, car owners neglect regular car maintenance, including brake inspections.
When it comes to your car’s brakes, there are a few signs you need new brake pads. Keep reading so you know what they are!
The Indicator Light Goes On
Some cars have an indicator light that lets you know your brake pads need replacing. Not all cars have this, so don’t assume a light will come on alerting you to worn brake pads. Check your car’s manual to see if your car has an indicator light.
Squealing From the Brakes
Do your brakes squeal or squeak when you put your foot down on them? That’s an early sign it’s about time for new brake pads, and it’s a definite sign the pads are worn.
If you don’t replace squealing and squeaking brakes, they’ll wear down more and you’ll hear another noise…
That Grinding Sound
That grinding metal sound is a sure sign your brake pads need replacing. The noise results from metal ridges on the bottom of the pad.
The manufacturer put the ridges there for the express purpose of alerting you to worn brake pads. As soon as you hear that metal grinding sound when you put on the brakes, take your car to an experienced car repair professional.
Don’t let that sound go on for too long or you could cause extensive damage.
Vibrating Brake Pedal
Does your brake pedal vibrate when you step on it? Your brake pedal shouldn’t vibrate when you’re braking.
If the pedal vibrates, your brake pads need replacing. A vibrating pedal is sometimes an indication that you’ve got warped rotors creating uneven wear on the brake pads. Have a professional check this out as soon as possible.
Braking Takes Longer
Have you noticed that braking takes longer than it used to? This is usually due to worn brake pads but it could also mean you’re low on brake fluid.
Another issue is “brake fade” which comes from putting your foot on the brakes for a long period of time without stopping the car. This sometimes happens when you live in a hilly area and you’re using the brakes to slow the car down a lot.
The constant, uninterrupted contact between the rotors and brake pads creates heat. Over time, this reduces your brakes’ stopping power. If you find that braking takes longer, get your car to a professional.
The Signs You Need New Brake Pads
These are a few signs you need new brake pads. If you take your car for regular maintenance, a mechanic keeps an eye on the status of your brake pads. Replacing your brake pads in a timely fashion reduces your risk of getting into a serious accident.
Do you think your brake pads need replacing? Bring your car in for a check-up and we’ll check them out!