Your vehicle's brakes are super important to the overall safety of your car. This is why it is so important to stay on top of your brake maintenance and have regular brake inspections performed on your vehicle. Brake pads are a key component in your brake system, which is why you should understand when to have them replaced and what the symptoms are that can indicate your brake pads are worn down.
The job of the brake pads is to gently stop your tires from rotating when you step on the brake pedal. As you apply pressure on the brakes, the brake pads will press against the rotor to slow down or stop the wheels from moving. Worn brake pads will allow metal to metal contact, which can lower brake efficiency and cause damage to other components.
Brake pads usually last anywhere between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, with the average around 40,000 miles. However, how long your brake pads will last will also depend on how often you drive your vehicle and your driving habits.
Here are some key signs that you brake pads may need to be replaced:
- Brake pedal shakes when pressed
- Lack of brake power
- Screeching or squealing noise
- Vibrating when braking
If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, bring your vehicle into the experts WBA Performance for a brake inspection. We will perform a full brake system check and get you back on the road safely.