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How Do I Know If I Need New Brake Pads?

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Signs that you need new brake pads

Usually, you will be able to tell when your brake pads are worn due to the changes it brings about in your vehicle. Here are some of the signs that you may notice when it is time to get the your brake pads replaced:

  1. A grinding or screeching noise when trying to come to a stop
  2. The brake pedal is lower than usual
  3. There is a vibration when trying to bring to stop the car
  4. Lots of brake dust on the wheels of the car

Being able to bring a car to a complete stop in a hurry is important and an essential part of staying safe while on the road. Most drivers brake multiple times a day, but fail to realize just what it takes to perform this vital task. The brake pads are vital in bringing the car to a stop. Depending on the type of car that you have, there may be brake pads on all four wheels. The brakes pads are made of metal and carbon fiber, which makes them extremely durable and resilient. The only time these pads are used is when you press down on your brake pedal.

The brake pads are housed in the calipers and when the brake pedal is pushed the calipers put pressure on the pads, which then press up against the brake rotors. As time goes by, the wear and tear that come from the friction with the rotors will require the pads to be changed out. Usually, a set of brakes will last around 30,000 to 35,000 miles. Driving around too long on with worn out brake pads can lead to a variety of other damages and in instability in your braking system. When the time comes to get the pads replaced, you will need to make sure that you pick a quality pair.

Taking the time to notice what your car is telling you regarding your braking system can save you a lot of frustration in the long run.

Getting the right brake pads to put on a car can be made a lot easier by getting some professional guidance. The more you can find out about the brake pad options on the market, the easier it will be to choose the right ones. A mechanic can install the brake pads easily once you decide which ones are perfect for your car.

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