Signs You Need New Brake Pads

November 18, 2013

5 things to notice if the Brakes need to be inspected

The brakes are one of the most crucial parts to the vehicle. Paying attention to the warning signs that may indicate a need for service could help prevent an issue or accident from occurring. There can be some obvious signs that the brakes need servicing. This could include the brake light illuminating on the dashboard of your vehicle. Another sign could be that the vehicle is taking longer to stop than it should. If you notice anything that is out of the ordinary with your brakes, make sure to bring it in for a brake inspection as soon as possible.   Worn Brake Pads   A hydraulic system filled with brake fluid will trigger a set of padded clamps that are the calipers. This will then cause them to squeeze together on a disc that is the brake rotor. The friction that occurs between the pads and the rotor will eventually stop the vehicle. With age and miles, the pads will begin to wear thin, and become less effective at slowing and stopping the vehicle.   Strange noises or sounds   As you apply the brake pedal, you may notice a noise such as a squealing, squeaking, or grinding noise. These noises can indicate that you may need to have the brake pads replaced. Hearing a grinding noise could indicate that the brake pads have worn through completely. The noise is a result of the metal of the calipers grinding against the metal of the rotors as you apply the brakes. With worn brake pads, you have the possibility to damage the brake rotors, and it results in a more costly repair bill.   If you notice the vehicle pulling   As you apply the brakes, you may notice that your vehicle pulls in one direction or the other. The may be caused from a caliper that is sticking. The caliper could stick because it causes friction with one wheel and not the others. Then your vehicle would pull to the side where the caliper is stuck. While pulling does not always indicate an issue with the brakes, it is a good idea to bring the vehicle in. It could be caused from uneven or worn tires, or even tires that are poorly aligned. By bringing your vehicle in, we can help to resolve the issue so you can be provided a comfortable ride again.   Feeling Vibrations when applying the brakes   If the brake pedal vibrates when you apply it, try to bring your vehicle in as soon as you can. Typically, a vibrating brake pedal indicates warped rotors. The uneven surface will brush against the brake pads, resulting in the vibration feeling through the brake pedal. Brake rotors will usually warp when they are under extreme stress for an extended period of time. If the brakes have not been stressed recently, but the pedal still vibrates, the wheels might be misaligned. It is always best to have the vehicle and brake system looked at so you are provided a safe and reliable ride once again.   Issues with the brake pedal   If the brake pedal is mushy and goes almost to the floor before the brakes take hold, there could be an issue. It could indicate worn brake pads or an issue with the hydraulic system. There may be air in the brake link or a brake fluid leak. If the brake pedal grabs immediately with the slightest touch, there could also be an issue with the brake system. The rotors may have worn unevenly or the brake fluid has become contaminated.