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How do I know when my brake pads need changing?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQ, Tips and Tricks on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 10:17 pm
Mechanic working on brakes

Your brake system is made up of brake pads, a rotor, and calipers. When one or more of these parts start to wear or malfunction, your brake system cannot perform optimally putting you, your passengers, and other drivers at risk. Read more about the top 3 warning signs that you need a brake repair or replacement below.

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3 Warning Signs That You Need a Brake Replacement

Squeaking Brakes

Two mechanics working underneath a raised vehicleMost brake pads are built with a warning system in the form of a small metal tab. When the brake pad wears enough that the metal tab rubs against the rotors, the brakes will start to squeak. This squeak can alert drivers that their brake pads are starting to wear so they can get in for a replacement, hopefully before any braking performance is lost.

A Vibrating Brake Pedal

Like squeaking brakes, another warning sign that your brake system is in need of a little TLC is a vibrating brake pedal. When you press on your brakes, if you feel any vibrating under your foot it may be time to make an appointment at your local service center.

Pushing Your Brakes Harder

If you start to notice that you need to push your brakes down further and further to get your brakes to respond, it’s a sure-fire sign that your brake system is in need of repair or replacement. This problem will get worse over time, compromising your ability to quickly stop – so be sure to head to your local service center ASAP if you feel this start to happen.

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