Your braking system is one of the most important components of your car. Well functioning brakes are crucial to your safety. There are many factors that lead to the wear and tear of your brake pads. Because brake pads are wearing components, they need periodic replacing. Here are 5 warning signs that you need new brake pads.
1. Unusual Sounds When Breaking
If you can hear your car braking, i.e squeaking a noise, its likely that your brake pads need replacing. This noise usually gets louder as you press harder on the brake pedal. Most pads nowadays have wear indicators that make a screeching noise to let you know that your brake pads need replacing. If you hear a grinding sound you have probably completely worn through your pads and need to have you car looked at by a mechanic ASAP!
2. Vibrating Steering Wheel
Although there are many possible reasons causing your steering wheel to vibrate, if the steering wheel only vibrates when you press the brake pedal it’s likely to be either worn brakes or warped disks.
3. Spongy Brake Pedal
If your brakes feel spongy or you feel that you have less braking power, you should replace your pads. Brake pads are made to work best when they are brand new. Over time they lose effectiveness and this eventually causes the spongy feeling when pushing the brake pedal in resulting in a lack of stopping power.
4. Less Than 3mm Of Brake Pad
You can visually inspect your brakes to gauge how much brake pad you lave left. Look through your car’s rims and you should see your brake pad pressed up against your brake disk. Consider replacing your brake pads if you have less than +-3mm left on them.
5. Brake Dust Build Up
Brake dust is the dark-coloured debris that builds up on your cars wheels under normal operating conditions of the braking system. If you notice that there is less brake dust and your wheels seem to be cleaner than normal, you might need a brake pad replacement.
Be aware of these warning signs so you’re able to know when to schedule a brake pad replacement or repair for peace of mind and car safety. Visually inspect your brake pads every few months before any damage is done to your disks or drums. Proper brake pad maintenance means fewer costly repairs and gives you peace of mind knowing that your car can always stop safely.
If you are still unsure, check your vehicle Owner’s Manual or book an inspection today. We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team via email at [email protected], or by phone on 087 803 9000.
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