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How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

Inspecting your brakes to make sure that they are in excellent condition involves your sense of vision, listening capabilities, and touch. Altogether, this will provide you with a fairly good estimate of when it's time to replace your brake pads for a simpler and more secure driving experience.

Your brakes might have to be replaced if you observe any of the subsequent signs:

Squealing noise:

Some screeching noise originating from the brakes is anticipated under normal driving circumstances, which depends upon the cleanliness of your brakes, the substances used on your brake pads as well as weather conditions.

Though, a loud squealing sound is a warning message that brake pads might have to be replaced. Certain brake pads use a partially metallic layer inside the brake pad material or an exterior sensor which is intended to screech whenever the brake pad is due to be replaced. This squealing noise may be heard even after the brakes are not in use.

If you are waiting for a long time at this stage, the squealing sound will be substituted by a grinding sound which suggests the brake pads have worn out entirely and possibly can create extra costs by eroding the brake disc.

Indication Lights

Various cars have an indicator light that will allow you to see when your brakes require servicing. Most detectors have a similar amount of durability as the brake pad, so they will have to be replaced together with the brake pads. If you depend on this approach, the best thing to do is to look at your owners' handbook as not all vehicles are equipped with brake pad sensors.

Car is being pulled to one side

If your vehicle feels like it is dragging to on one side or another while you're behind the wheel, it may be a sign of eroded brake pads or that piston is getting stuck.

Conduct a visual check

It's a great idea to visually inspect your brakes on a regular basis, for instance, every 10,000 miles (approximately 16,000 km). This is particularly significant if your vehicle is not equipped with sensors. You can inspect the brake pads by examining the spokes of the vehicle's wheel. If 3mm or less of the brake pad can be seen, then it is necessary for them to be replaced.

Check the vibrations

If you are feeling your car vibrate as you brake, it's an indication that your brake discs could be unusually worn or have sustained thermal damage following harsh braking.

If you need brake repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!