Your vehicle's braking system is one of its most crucial safety features, and the brake pads play an important role in ensuring it works as intended. Brake pads work by pressing against the brake rotors, creating friction - slowing or stopping the vehicle. Over time, brake pads wear down and need to be replaced because their whole purpose is to be used up in the process. But how do you know when it's time to replace them? We have listed a few telltale signs of worn-out brake pads below.
1. Squeaking Or Squealing Sound
One of the most common signs of worn-out brake pads is a high-pitched squeaking or squealing sound when you use the brakes. This noise is caused by a metal indicator on the brake pad that is exposed when the pad has worn down too much (or simply to the wear indicator). Another reason may be that the brake pad is completely worn out, resulting in metal-to-metal contact between it and the rotor.
2. Warning Lights
Your vehicle is most likely equipped with a few warning lights that signal different kinds of brake problems. There is a light for worn-out brake pads, for the parking brake being engaged, and a couple of others. Watch out for them, and make sure to visit a repair shop, especially if they don't turn off.
3. Reduced Braking Performance
Worn-out brake pads can reduce your vehicle's braking performance - leading to longer stopping distances and increased risk of accidents. If you notice even the slightest difference in performance, make sure to stop by a mechanic for a quick brake pad change.
4. Vibration Or Pulsation
If you feel a vibration or pulsation when you press the brake pedal, it may be due to unevenly worn brake pads or warped rotors. This can result in further damage to other connected systems and components, like the wheels and suspension. Other issues may arise, like difficulty controlling the vehicle, which puts your safety at risk.
5. Pulling To One Side
Is your car pulling to one side when you press the brakes? If so, the problem might be either the brake pads or rotors. Both of them tend to wear out and result in this exact problem, so make sure to visit a repair facility.
Brake System Repairs And Maintenance At Crossroads Tire Service!
If you have noticed any of the symptoms listed above or have other reasons to believe that your brakes need repairs, Crossroads Tire Service is the answer! Our team will be happy to help with any brake system or other car-related problems.