The importance of checking your brakes.
Brakes are one of the most important components in your car, and one that is vital to your safety as a driver or a passenger. Ensuring that they are in good condition may be something that can save your life. Each time pressure is put into your brake pedal, fluid within each caviller of the car begins to slow down the wheels and gradually brings your car to a stop. due to how often brakes are used, this action creates a lot of wear and tear.
How do I know when to change my break pads?
More recently, cars have been designed with a warning light that will indicate when brake pads are due a replacement. This warning light shall typically appear on the cars display boards where you shall see other warning signs such as tire pressure or leaving the door open. If you’re not sure if your vehicle has this feature it can often be found in the users manual or searched online. Being aware of what symbol will show and where to see it shall help you spot wear and tear early to ensure your safety.
My car doesn’t tell me when to change my break pads?
Early signs that your break pads may be needing a replacement include:
– The car pulling to one side when you apply pressure to the brakes, this may be more noticeable at higher speeds.
– A out of normal noise when your apply pressure t the breaks, such as screeching. (A serious wear has taken place for this to happen and breaks should be checked immediately).
– The pedal vibrating when pressure is applied.
How long do brake pads last?
This depends mostly on the car driver, however typically we see that brake pad last between the 30,000 to 35,000 miles range. A driver that use their car more frequently and brakes harsher can find that their brake pads ay be worm away much quicker than a driver who brakes gently and drives less frequently. Certain driving styles are picked up that may effect your wear and tear on your brakes, acknowledging how you drive and adapting it may be able to spare your brakes a few thousand miles extra or explain why your breaks need changing before the 30,000 mile point.