The most important safety feature on any automobile is it’s brake system. Automobile brakes should always be in top working condition. The most common brake maintenance performed on a vehicle is installing new brake pads. Fortunately, most brake problems do come with warning signs to let drivers know when maintenance is needed.
Brakes have a small metal shim that acts as an indicator when brake pads are worn down and needing replaced. If you ever hear a loud screeching sound when you are stopping, that is the indicator alerting you that the pads are worn. Hearing the high-pitch screech frequently means you should get the brake pads changed right away.
You can look at your brakes through the tire rims for signs of wear. A good working brake pad should have at least 1/4 inch of pad. If you can clearly see less than 1/4 inches of pad, then you should think about getting them inspected and possibly replaced.
Don’t Ignore The Signs
Ignoring the signs of worn brake pads can be costly and dangerous. Continuing to drive with worn brake pads will eventually damage the rotors, making repairs and parts cost more. When the screeching sounds turns into a grinding sound, it means the rotors are getting damaged, and it may already be too late.
Brake pads routinely get worn down and need to be replaced. How often brake pads need to be replaced is mainly determined by the amount of driving and stopping a vehicle endures.
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