Your car’s brakes are one of its most important components. In order for you to stay safe on the road, it is essential that your brakes are in perfect working order. You must regularly check how well your brakes are functioning. Experts recommend that you should replace your brake pads after about every 50,000 miles. This number may differ depending on a lot of factors. So, it is important to watch out for warning signs that may indicate that you need new brake pads.
Squealing or grinding noise
If you hear a buzzing or squealing sound that mysteriously stops whenever you hit the brakes, it is a sign that something is wrong. Most brake pads come with wear indicators, which create an unpleasant screeching sound when the brake pads wear down to dangerous levels. The screeching sound is a warning that you need to replace your brake pads.
Vibrating or unsteady brake pedal
If your brake pedal feels unsteady or vibrates when you press it down, it means that your brake pads are crying for help. It may become challenging to stop your car. You should not ignore a vibrating brake pedal as it can cause damage to other components and also increase the risk of an accident.
Clicking noise from brake pads
In some vehicles, brake pads are held steady with blots, pins, and clips so that they don’t wobble around. If the bolts and pins become loose, they will begin to rattle. This can result in a clicking sound whenever you push or release the brake pedals.
The vehicle takes longer to stop
A common warning sign of worn-down brake pads is the loss of performance when brakes are applied. If your vehicle is taking longer to stop upon applying the brakes, it may indicate that either your brake fluid is low or the brake pads are completely worn down. To find out the exact cause and prevent further damage you should have your vehicle checked out by a mechanic.
Brake indicator lights turn on
These days, you will find brake indicator lights on the dashboard of most vehicles. One is the Antilock Braking System or ABS light and the second is the brake warning light. If your brake system warning light turns on even when your parking brake is not engaged, it is a sign that you need to have your brakes checked by a mechanic.
The easiest way to examine the state of your brake pads is by looking at them. Just look between the spokes on the wheels and you will find the brake pads on the rotor of the tire. If the brake pads appear less than a quarter of an inch thick, it is an indication that you should have them replaced soon.
The vehicle pulls in one direction
Brake pads do not always wear out at the same rate. Often, one side becomes thinner faster compared to the other. This can cause the vehicle to pull slightly in one direction when brakes are applied. While pulling in a direction could also be caused by other problems such as uneven tire pressure, it is worth having the brakes checked otherwise it can cause serious damage to other components.
Are you noticing any of these signs in your vehicle? You should have it checked by a mechanic at once. If you have any concerns regarding your vehicle, book an inspection with our experts now. They will provide an accurate diagnosis and rectify the problem.