DIY Tips for Checking Your Vehicle's Brake Pads

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Having a car that is able to stop when you need it to is the most important thing when driving. There is no doubt that the braking system is an essential part of your car. However, no car will stop effectively with worn brake pads. For this reason, it is important to inspect and change worn brake pads to maintain optimal performance of the braking system and to achieve optimum friction pad depth. Checking your brake pads is an easy task that you can undertake without professional help. Here are some tips on how to go about it.

Observe the Brake Pads

In many vehicles, the brake pad can be seen through the wheels. The easiest inspection you can carry out is a visual check to determine the thickness of the pad. If the pad is less than one-quarter inch thick, this is an indication that you should replace it immediately. Brake pads that are less than one-quarter inch thick, for example, those that are one-eighth inch thick, are extensively damaged. Continued use of the vehicle without replacing them can eventually damage the rotary. They can also cause an accident if they fail to respond in the event of an emergency.

Listen Out for Noises

Vehicles usually generate noises when in motion, but there are sounds that are warning signs that some components are not in good condition. If you notice a screeching sound when you apply the brakes, it means that the brake pads are worn, and they need replacement. On the other hand, if the noise sounds like metal scraping when the car is in motion and gets louder when you use the brakes, this is a sign that the rotors may also be damaged. Change the pads and repair the rotors immediately to avoid extensive damage to other components of the braking system.

Examine the Brake Pedal

When the brake pads are damaged, the vehicle generates some vibrations that can be felt in the brake pedal. Assess the performance of the pedal when you apply the brakes, and if there is a vibration, this is a sign that the pads need repairs. Additionally, vibration in the steering wheel could also be an indicator of problems with the brake pads. Note that a vibrating brake pedal could also be a sign that the pads are contaminated with oil or dirt. The vibrations occur when the pads grip, and you can solve this by having the braking system serviced.

Visit a professional dealer for brake repairs if you notice any of these problems. Also, adhere to regular servicing of the vehicle, as such problems can be easily identified during a service and save you the problem of dealing with worn or faulty brake pads.


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