How to Know When it’s Time to Replace Your Brake Pads

The last thing you want as a car owner is to have your vehicle’s brakes go out. However, brake pads aren’t usually a part of the car that the average driver pays attention to, not like oil changes and headlight function. In reality, you should have your brake pads replaced every 50,000 miles if you want to keep stopping on time safely. But sometimes they’ll need to be replaced more often. How do you know when it’s time to replace your brake pads? Keep reading for more information!

Your Brakes are Noisy

If you notice squeaking or screeching coming from the car when you brake, that’s a pretty good sign that there is something up with your brake pads. Of course, this can happen during wet weather, but if you hear the sounds on clear days with no moisture, there’s undoubtedly some problem with the brake pads, and you should have them checked out quickly. 

Sometimes, you’ll hear more of a grinding sound, like metal on metal. This indicates that your brake pads are worn out and need to be replaced. Some pad manufacturers will purposefully include metal ridges on the pads to make that irritating noise. Consider it an annoying alarm that can only be turned off when the brake pads are replaced. 

Whatever sound you hear from the brakes, letting it go on for too long will cause damage to the brakes and the surrounding area that could lead to more costly repairs. 

Your Brake Pedal is Shaky

When you press your foot on the break, is the pedal firm and still or shakey and loose? If your pedal is vibrating, this is an indicator that something is amiss with the brakes. And if this vibration makes it hard to bring your car to a full stop, you need to head over to the garage without delay to prevent an accident. 

Brake Pads are Thin

A straightforward way to know whether they need a replacement is to look at the brake pads themselves. If you look between the wheel spokes, you’ll be able to see the brake pad. Take a quick measurement of the thickness; if it is less than ¼ inch thick, it is worn down and could cause problems within a short time. 

There’s an Indicator Light

The great thing about cars is that they’ll often let you know when something is wrong. If your brake warning light comes on while your foot is on the brake pedal, this means that something isn’t quite right with the braking system. A quick trip to a mechanic will help you figure out if the brake pads need to be replaced or if there’s a more serious issue. 

Schedule a Service at German AutoSport

Think your brakes could use a checkup? German AutoSport is the leading expert in German car repairs, so bring your vehicle in today for a repair or replacement! Give us a call at (978) 388-1288 to schedule a service.