Your car is worse than useless without brakes – it’s dangerous! Unfortunately, many people ignore brake problems until it’s too late. Not only is this beyond hazardous, it can also end up costing you a lot more than if you dealt with your brake issues early on.
To be sure that your car’s brakes are in good working order, you have to pay attention to the signs that your brakes may be about to fail. Your brakes are going to wear in direct proportion to the amount of driving you do – in short, the more you drive, the shorter the life of the brakes. So be alert, especially if you drive a lot, to these signs of brake pad wear.
If you put your foot down on the brake, and you feel vibration or grabbing, then this is a sign of brake pad wear. You will need to have the brake pads replaced.
Pads Are Too Thin
Sometimes, what you can see tells you everything. You almost certainly need brake repair if you can see through the wheel spokes, look at the brake pads, and you see less than one quarter of an inch visible. This is serious brake pad wear, and you will have to replace the pads.
Another sign of brake pad wear is clicking, or screeching when you push the brake pedal down. This means that the rubber on the brake pads is worn out, and the metal shims are making contact.
Grinding means that it’s not just brake pad wear. At this point, the calipers and discs are coming together. The pad is totally worn, and you need significant brake repairs.
A car pulling to the left or right might not necessarily mean that you need brake repairs. It could be your tie rod ends, your wheel bearings, or any number of things. However, it could also mean that you are desperately in need of a brake job – there could be uneven brake pad wear. Whatever the cause, pulling invariably means that you should get to a mechanic as soon as you can.
Being able to stop when you need to is vital. Never neglect brake issues. If you think that your brake pads have wear, get them checked out right away. Your safety, and that of others on the road, depends on it. Contact us at D Mac’s Auto Repair, 1554 E Grand Ave., Escondido, CA 92027 to have your brakes checked. You can reach us by phone at 760-746-0111, or by filling out our online contact form on our contact us page.