Unlike oil changes, it can be difficult to know when it’s time to change your brake pads. The life of your vehicle’s brakes varies from car to car based on driving conditions. For example, driving in stop-and-go traffic will drastically reduce the durability of brakes. However, there are a few ways to know when it’s time to change your brakes.
Changing your brakes is important for several reasons. Obviously, you need good brakes to keep you safe on the road; however, failing to change brake pads can also do long-term damage to your car. It can damage the brake rotors, braking linings, and calipers, thus increasing the cost of maintenance and repairs.
According to Cars.com, most brake pads have wear sensors, or small strips of metal that make a squealing sound when the brakes are applied. While your brakes may squeak when you first start driving, if they continue to make noise, it may be time for new pads. Other signs include grinding noises, a pulsing brake pedal, and scraping.
Newer cars often come with brake warning lights as well, many of which alert you to low brake-fluid pressure. When brake pads wear thin, this often causes fluid to leak—another indicator that you need new pads. Even if you don’t have a warning light, you can still check the hydraulic brake fluid levels under the hood.
Need new brakes? Visit the service experts at Sun State Ford today.