Cars are verifiable weapons; as such, they need to be used carefully and appropriately. Making sure brake pads are functioning properly is one aspect of this. Here are 3 indicators that your brake pads need changing:
1- They are starting to get worn:
This one makes sense; if your brake pads are worn they warrant replacing. To check for worn brake pads look between the wheel spokes for the shiny metal rotor, and towards the outside of the calipers. Between these are the brake pads. Usually functional brake pads will be 1/4 inch thick. If they are thinner than this, it’s time to replace them.
2- A high pitched squeal emanates from your brake system:
In your braking system there is a small device that produces a high pitched squeal when the pads need changing. When you hear this, it’s time to take your car to the shop. Make sure you stop blasting music every once in a while, just in case you can’t hear this noise.
3- Your steering wheel pulls left or right:
There could be lots of causes for this, but one of these is brake pads that need to be replaced. If you notice your car pulling to one side, it’s time to get it inspected. Keeping brake pads functional is an important part of car maintenance.
Keeping your car maintained is an important aspect of ownership. Always remember to drive safe!