As a vehicle owner, ensuring your brakes are working properly is one of the more important safety features and is vital to a long-term ownership. Unfortunately, the upkeep and maintenance of your car’s brakes can sometimes be overlooked by the owner. When you keep up with your brake maintenance, it can help to prevent any future expensive repairs and help to avoid a collision.
To maintain your brake system, as a driver, you need to pay attention to the brake pads. The more often you drive your car, the more wear and tear your brake pads will see, thus shortening their lifespan. Everett Transmission has put together a few telltale signs that indicate your brake pads need to be replaced.
- If you feel a vibration or grabbing when you press down on your brakes, this is known as “pulsating brakes”. This is usually causes by distorted or worn-out brake pads. If you notice pulsating brakes, often, brake pages are re-machined to fix this issue. In a case where they cannot be re-machined, they will be replaced with a new set of brake pads.
- One of the obvious visual cues that indicates you need new brake pads is if they appear to be too thin. To check this, look through your car wheel spokes at the current brake pad. If you notice less than ¼ of an inch of the brake pad, they are too thin. Replace too thin brake pads with new ones to avoid any collisions.
- If you notice your brakes making a clicking noise when they are applied, this is a sign that your brake pads need to be replaced. All cars have a device installed that prevents your brake pads from rattling when they are applied. When you use your brakes and you hear the clicking noise, this means that your brake pads need to be replaced.
- Along with the clicking noise, listen for a high-pitched, screeching noise when the brake is pushed all the way to the ground. The small metal shim that surrounds your brake pads is what causes that screeching noise. This is an indicator to you that you should replace your brake pads.
- Another indicating sound is a grinding or growling when the brakes are applied. Not only will you need to replace your brake pads, but you’ll need to replace the brake discs. Have an expert mechanic look at your brake discs to identify whether or not they need to be replaced.
To prevent expensive repairs down the road, you should have your brake system regularly by a qualified mechanic. Not only will you save money in the end, but you can also avoid any collisions with other vehicles. If you are in need of a brake inspection or repair, contact the experts at Everett Transmission today! Schedule your appointment online or by calling us at 617-387-9558.