Owning a vehicle can be difficult at times. Not only do you need to worry about the financial stresses of buying the car, truck, or SUV, you also need to prepare yourself for ongoing maintenance and repairs that will be required to keep your vehicle functional. Considering that the brakes are an imperative part of safe driving, ensuring your pads and rotors are in good condition is key. Unfortunately, most drivers do not realize their braking system is in distress. If you are noticing one or more of these signs, it is time for new brake pads.
One of the most common signs that your vehicle needs new pads is a loud grinding noise that occurs when you apply your brakes. If you hear a loud metal-to-metal grinding when stopping your vehicle, it is most likely the worn pads coming in contact with the brake rotors.
Over time, this contact between the pads and rotors will cause the pads to weaken, reducing the stopping ability of your car. However, you will notice the actual grinding sound before you realize the car is struggling to stop.
While surprising for many drivers to learn, the noise may be loud enough for other drivers on the road to hear. Have your pads inspected immediately to ensure repairs are made before your braking system fails.
A vibrating sensation that occurs when applying your brakes is most likely due to worn rotors. This vibration may feel similar to when you apply your brakes in an emergency situation, causing the shaking of the brake pedal and the movement of the vehicle when you try to stop.
In addition to the vibration, attempting to stop in a vehicle with worn pads and rotors can cause the vehicle to pull to one side.
It is important to note that both a vibrating sensation and pulling when braking could also mean your car is out of alignment. Due to the risk of not being able to stop and handle your car in a safe manner, you must have your brakes inspected.
Each make and model of vehicle has different recommendations for replacing brake pads and rotors. On average, most vehicles require a brake pad replacement around the 50,000 mile mark.
Also, the type of driving you do will affect how and when you replace your brakes. If you drive mostly in the city, where you stop and go a great deal, you may need to replace your brake pads sooner than someone who drives more on highways.
To learn if your vehicle needs new brake pads or rotors, it is best to consult the professionals. With a proper braking system, you can continue driving your vehicle in the safest manner possible. Companies like Buettner Tire & Auto can help.