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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Mazyar

7 years of experience
181 reviews
Mazyar
7 years of experience
Ford Fusion - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Duluth, Georgia
Got to the appointment early and was able to finish sooner than expected as well. Would definitely recommend!
Volvo XC90 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Marietta, Georgia
Mark did a great job on my brake rotors and pads replacement. He is very knowledgable and thorough with the process and inspection. He finished the job on time and did a test drive with me. I will definitely book with him again in the future.

Bradford

12 years of experience
8 reviews
Bradford
12 years of experience
Jaguar XF - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Brad was great. Completed the job and made sure I was aware of other issues as well as completing the job he actually came for.
Dodge Grand Caravan - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Clinton, Maryland
This was my first experience. Brad, was timely; efficient; he answered my questions; he went over items that need to be addressed in order to get my car in shape. It was very convenient, I was able to fix my kids dinner, and not disrupt their schedule. I will be using this service again. The entire experience was positive. Very happy...

Scott

33 years of experience
357 reviews
Scott
33 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Denver, Colorado
Scott is very professional & always so kind! He gets the job done and makes sure to discuss what may need to be done in the future. Would recommend him to anyone!

Stacy

23 years of experience
120 reviews
Stacy
23 years of experience
Nissan Pathfinder - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Atlanta, Georgia
Amazing! Professional, professional, professional! Brakes were done in no time....while I was in the building working!

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