Symptoms of Bad or Failing Brake Pads

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Cost of Replacing Bad or Failing Brake Pads

If your brakes are noisy, the brake pedal is pulsating, or the brakes are responding poorly, you may need to replace the brake pads. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Brake Pad Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 $305 $234.74 $70.00 10% $342.24
2013 Ford Explorer $125 $55.42 $70.00 23% $162.92
2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara $139 $55.42 $84.00 24% $184.42
2003 Lexus LX470 $132 $55.42 $77.00 23% $173.67
2012 BMW 335is $260 $189.72 $70.00 12% $297.22
2011 Ford Mustang $146 $55.42 $91.00 24% $195.17
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How to Diagnose Bad or Failing Brake Pads?

Brake Pads

Brake pads are the component in the braking system that provide the friction to slow your vehicle. They are located in the brake calipers and function by pressing against the disc brake rotors with friction material to slow and stop the wheels. As they are a contact wear item, the brake pads will eventually wear out over time and need to replaced. Usually bad or failing brake pads will produce a few symptoms that will alert the driver that the vehicle may require service.

1. Noisy brakes

The most common symptom of bad or failing brake pads are noisy brakes. Brake pads can accumulate dust as they wear, which if allowed to build excessively, may cause vibration and squealing when the pedal is applied or let off. Squealing brake pads can also be caused by excessively worn pads that have worn down to the point where the wear sensor has come into contact with the rotor. Severely worn brake pads, ones that have worn all the way to the brake pad backing plate, will produce a scraping sound as a result of the metal-on-metal contact between the brake pad backing plate and the rotor. Depending on the extent of the wear, the scraping may be audible when the vehicle is moving forward or when the pedal is depressed.

2. Pulsating pedal

Another symptom of bad or failing brake pads is a pulsating brake pedal. Severely or abnormally worn pads can cause the pedal to pulsate when the brakes are applied. A pulsating pedal may also be indicative of a potential problem with the rotor as well, as the pulsation felt in the pedal is a result of the contact between the rotor and brake pad.

3. Poor brake response

Bad or failing brake pads can also cause poor brake response. If the brake pads have been excessively overheated or severely worn, their capacity to slow the vehicle may be hindered as a result. Reduced brake response will take away from the overall handling and safety characteristics of the vehicle, especially during heavy braking situations where the force and heat generated by braking is considerably higher.

Because the brake pads are essentially the direct component that actually slows the vehicle, they are very important to the overall safety of the vehicle. If you suspect that your brake pads may be worn, or are making noise, have the vehicle’s brake system inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic. If necessary, they will be able to replace the brake pads for you.

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John was excellent! Showed up right on time and kept me informed of any changes that I might or might not need to my repairs before starting. Very knowledgeable and professional. An overall awesome job!
2001 MAZDA B4000 - BRAKE PADS REPLACEMENT (FRONT) - AUSTIN, TEXAS

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Brikk was amazing. He was professional, thorough, and went above and beyond to get the job done. He ran into some unexpected issues that required him to stay longer than scheduled, but he never complained and remained sweet and courteous. He pointed out some areas of concern to attend to, but didn't pressure us into sealing the deal today. Not that it was an issue because I'd gladly call him again. Definitely a quality mechanic and his work is nothing short of satisfaction.
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Great experience from start to finish an all round nice guy that got the job done. I will use him again and no reservations recommending him.
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