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When to Change Brake Pads

Posted on November 12, 2015.

A car that starts when you need it to and runs well is great but how well it stops is just as important. Do you know how to tell when it’s time to change brake pads? There are several symptoms that your vehicle will develop when it’s time to go to the shop and have your brakes attended to.

Fortunately, manufacturers have added features to your brakes that will let you know when they are being worn down and need to be changed. Many cars have brake pads with a thin piece of metal in the pad and when it wears down to the metal strip; your brakes will emit a squealing sound. This is a clear indication that you need to change the brake pads. Not all cars have these built in indicators, but a visible inspection of the brake pads will let you know if they are getting thin as well.

Many pads have a slit cut into the middle of the pad that indicates its wear. If your car is equipped with this type of pad, you can look at them through your wheel. However, you are unable to look at the brake pad through some wheels and it will be necessary to remove it entirely in order to see the brake pads. This is more than many car owners are capable of but a local mechanic can remove a wheel and let you know very quickly if you need to change brake pads.

If you hear a grinding sound when you apply your brakes, then get your car to a mechanic before you cause further damage that can cost you more for repairs. Brake pads that are worn away cause the calipers to contact the brake rotor directly, which can gouge the rotors and ruin them if the problem is not seen to immediately.

If your brakes are showing signs of wear or you just want to get them checked out to be safe, then call Quality Lube Plus at 732-333-8272 to schedule an appointment.