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Auto Maintenance: 3 Signs That You Need to Get Your Brakes Fixed

Updated on January 1, 2018

The frequency of which the brake pads need to be replaced will solely be dependent on the manufacturer’s design of the braking system. Although not all vehicles conform to this standard, car owners can expect to replace their brake pads every 25,000 to 35,000 kilometers depending on the amount of braking performed. Front brakes typically have more pressure applied on them regularly, and will need to be replaced quicker than the rear brakes. Here are 3 signs that the brakes need to be checked or replaced.

The Brake Pads Are Too Thin

By looking through the spokes of the car wheels, car owners are generally able to get a good glimpse of the condition of their brake pads. The outside of the brake pad will be visible as it is responsible for pressing against the metal rotor to stop the vehicle. Typically speaking, if the brake pads have less than a ¼ inch left on them, they need to be replaced as soon as possible. Anything less than that signifies that the brake pads may not have sufficient traction and grip, and may malfunction.

The Brakes Make a Screeching Sound

The annoying, high-pitched screeching sound emitted when stepping on the brakes comes from a small metal shim that is part of a strategic design implemented by manufacturers. The screeching sound can be heard even when the windows are up, and are used as an indication that the brakes need to be checked or possibly repaired.

The screeching sound can also come from rust that has dominated the surface of this metal shim if the car has been exposed to water for prolonged periods of time; however, once the rust wears off, the screeching sound will also come to a stop. Car owners should only take this screeching sound seriously if the sound occurs regularly.

The Car is Pulling

If the car is pulling towards one side when driving, car owners can take it as an indication that the brake pads are wearing unevenly and also wearing thin. The only solution to this problem will be to repair the brake pads. If not, the car will have a mind of its own, and this can easily lead to collisions on the road.

Car owners should keep an eye out for these top 3 signs that their brakes need to be fixed. The brakes are a fundamentally important component of the vehicle, and is responsible for preventing many accidents in a year. Although most manufacturers have since designed impeccable systems that are long-lasting and effective, friction will still wear out the brake pads, and they will need to be replaced depending on the frequency of which the car is driven, the amount of braking that is done, and the manner of which the car is driven. Car dealers can give you a better idea of what to expect when purchasing a car from them.


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