They may seem small, but your brake pads play a substantial role in the functionality of your vehicle. This is why you should always make sure that they are always in good condition. There are some tell-tale signs that you can keep an eye out for such as:
- Clicking noises: There’s a device installed by manufacturers that help prevent this clicking or rattling noise. If this sound is heard when you press down on the brake pedal, you should have them replaced as soon as possible.
- Grinding noise: If you have noticed a growling or grinding noise every time you are coming to a stop, this is being caused by the friction between the metal calipre and the metal disc. This only happens when the brake pads are completely worn down and usually calls for both a brake pad and rotor replacement.
- Pulsating brake pedal: When pressing on your brake pedal, if you feel that it’s shaking or pulling, this is what we refer to as pulsating. This is caused by brake pads that are worn out. Worn out pads can typically be re-machined, but in more severe cases, a complete replacement is necessary.
- Thin brake pads: If you look through the wheel spokes, you’ll be able to see your brake pad, which is supposed to be at least 1/4 of an inch thick. If you see that they are anything less than that size, thy are worn down and you will need to have new ones installed.