Nearly every system in your vehicle needs regular maintenance and will need consistent replacement every so many miles. You need to replace your oil (and filter, etc) about once every 3 months or 3,000 miles, for example. Experts advise you should replace your CrossDrilledRotors.ca brake pads roughly every 12,000 to 25,000 miles, depending on use and type of driving, of course.
However, you should also replace your brake pads—or get your braking system checked—if you experience one of the following symptoms:
One of the easiest signs of brake distress that you can detect is sound. If you can hear a high-pitched squeal when you try to stop, that is a really good indication it is time to replace your brake pads. Fortunately, this sound is made by the sensor, specifically designed to be a warning that the time is nigh. However, if you ignore this squeal (or don’t hear it at first) it might lend to a far more harsh grinding sound. If you hear the grinding you definitely need to take your car to a mechanic because that means the brake pads have completely worn down. And if you don’t address this soon, you will need completely new brakes.
#2: PULLING TO ONE SIDE
Sometimes your car will start to pull to one side or another. While this is not necessarily directly related to your braking system it could be a sign that you should check it, especially if the car pulls when you are braking. Pulling to one side could be an alignment issue (which the same mechanic could fix) but it might also simply mean that a caliper is stuck and just needs adjustment. Pulling could also be caused by a collapsed brake hose, which causes the calipers to function unevenly as you apply brake pedal pressure.
This one is a little more difficult to detect because anti-lock braking systems pulse rapidly under emergency conditions. However, if you feel the same time of vibration under normal braking conditions it could signify a problem. A vibrating pedal could mean something more significant than just worn pads—a worn brake rotor. This will unevenly wear the pads, resulting in the strong vibration.
#4: SENSITIVE PEDAL
Along with vibration, if the pedal is soft or mushy (does not respond well to your pressure), that could be a big indicator for repair. It might mean worn pads but it could also mean a leak in the hydraulic system. If the pedal responds too heavily to your pressure it could mean that the rotor is worn unevenly or you might have dirty brake fluid or moisture contamination.