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How to Check Your Brake Pad

Update:27 Nov 2017

No specific timetable to replace the brake pads. This m […]

No specific timetable to replace the brake pads. This means you may need to periodically check your brake pads to help determine the amount of wear. Typical brake pad wear depends on how you drive and where you are driving. For example, if you drive in the city, your brakes will wear out faster than people driving on rural roads due to parking and starting city traffic.

Whenever the tire turns, please check the professional brake pads every six months. It is also a good idea to check your owner's manual or talk to a professional technician so that you know the correctness of your particular vehicle.

Listen to your brakes. Your vehicle's brake pads are designed to generate a noise as an early warning signal and they need to be changed. When the car is running, the noise usually sounds like a scratchy metal on the wheel, and the more often these brakes are used by the sound produced by these wear indicators. If there is still brake noise after the check, different adjustments or repairs may be required.

Observe the brake pads. On many cars, the brakes can be seen through the wheels. Look at it to determine its thickness. If it looks very thin, less than ¼ inch, it may need to be replaced. Some brakes have a groove in the center to act as a wear indicator. Look at the slot; if it's almost gone, the mat may need to be replaced.

Feel the brake pedal and steering wheel: When the brake pads wear, brake usually feel the brake pedal vibration. Vibrating the steering wheel while braking may also be a sign of a brake pad problem.

If you feel uncomfortable checking the brake pads, take the vehicle to your local dealer or repair shop where professionals can do it for you. Not only can you replace a worn brake pad and make your car safer, it can save you money in the long run and avoid unavoidable accidents.