The brake pads are one of the most frequently replaced and serviced parts in your vehicle. But why? The reason is that their purpose is to be used up and worn off by the contact they make with the rotors. That contact makes you stop or slow down, and if they don't have anything left on them, they are useless.
That's the reason brake pads are changed so often, but when exactly should you change them? One way is by following the owner's manual's recommendations and inspecting them often. Another way is by spotting signs of wear. Here are a few of them that shouldn't be ignored in any case:
1. Longer Brake Time
An increase in the time needed to fully stop is a clear sign of brake system problems. Most of the time, it's the brake pads being almost completely worn-off. Another reason can be uneven wear which can also be fixed by simply replacing the brake pads.
2. Shaking Or Vibrations While Braking
Shaking or vibrations while braking shouldn't be ignored. This can be a sign of brake pad wear, which can result in further damage to the suspension, rotors, tires, and all other connected parts. Visit a mechanic because there might be another underlying problem going unnoticed.
3. Brake Pedal Feels Strange
If your brake pedal feels spongy or is very hard to push, it might be connected to the brake pads. Due to debris coming from them, the calipers and pistons can get clogged, resulting in stuck brake pads.
4. Loud Noises While Braking
A loud noise is never a good sign, especially when talking about brakes. Some manufacturers put a wear indicator that makes a loud noise when the brake pad wears off to a certain point. Another reason might be rust on the rotors, which is also a major cause for concern.
Where Can I Find Brake Pad Replacement Procedures?
If you are wondering about a place you can trust with your brake system maintenance and repairs, Dickerson Automotive is the answer! Our team will be happy to help out and keep you safe on the road, so stop by and we will take a look.