Your brake pads need to be changed once they only have 1/4-inch depth left. Regular brake inspections allow us here at Automotive Specialists, Inc., to measure your brake pads. Based on the measurement and your driving history, we can estimate how much longer you can rely on the current pads. Once it’s time to change them, it’s important to do so to avoid damaging the rotors. If you haven’t had your brake pads measured lately, here are signs that they are worn out.
There are two ways your brakes will squeal if the brake pad surface is getting too low. Your brakes will squeal when you step on them, and they will squeal when you’re driving. The latter is a way brake pad manufacturers tell you that your pads are getting too low. They’ll be noisy as you drive, but they’ll stop squealing once you apply the brakes.
Once the brake pads have worn away completely, the only thing that is left is the metal backings. As you step on the brakes, the metal backings press against the rotors, which are also made from metal. What you’ll hear as a result of this is grinding and scraping. This sound means you don’t have any brake pad surface left at all, and it’s important to get new pads right away.
Your car, truck, CUV, or SUV might also vibrate if you have metal-on-metal action going on underneath the wheels. The vibration is not only being caused by the metal scraping but also by the rotors, which are being warped by the brake pads’ metal backings. This turns an inexpensive repair into an expensive one if we can’t resurface your rotors to smooth them out rather than replace them.
Stopping Is Harder
Because your brake pads are no longer creating the friction your vehicle needs to slow down and stop, you will find it more difficult to do just that. You’ll find that it takes much longer for you to stop, and you may also fear that you won’t stop in time. The brake pad material is designed to create kinetic energy. If the brake pads are worn, you aren’t getting this kinetic energy to help stop your car.
Finally, your brake system has sensors that will shoot warnings over to the engine control module. The engine control module will then turn on your brake light or your low pad indicator light, depending on which you have. This is your surefire sign that it’s time to have your brakes inspected. Otherwise, you may run the risk of being unable to stop your car.
Schedule an appointment for a brake inspection with the best auto repair shop in Westminster, CO, Automotive Specialists, Inc. We’ll let you know how much life your brake pads have left.