When Should Brakes Be Replaced?


Make sure that your brakes are in proper working condition, and replace worn parts like pads and shoes when the time is right, this might save you money in the long run. It can also save your vehicle, or prevent accidents. But how do you know when to replace your brakes’ pads? What are the signs for replacing the brakes? 

In this blog, let’s take a closer look at the signs of replacing brake pads on your vehicle.

Screeching Noises

If you hear screeching noise or grinding sounds from your brakes, this is the sign that your brake pads have worn out and need replacement. This sound might be caused by the metal on the brake pads which comes into contact with the disc. Sometimes, if you don’t hear any noises and yet you feel that the brakes are ineffective then the pads may be worn.

Vibrations in Car Brakes

When you feel vibrations in your brake pedal then there’s a  problem with the rotor. Along with the vibrations you could hear some grinding noises. During winter seasons it could generate some vibrations because of the wetness. But if you feel vibration in hot conditions, it’s a sign that your brakes need replacement.

Car brakes dashboard warning light

In some car models, there will be a brake light warning on the dash. When this light appears, it’s important to get it checked. It could be a sign of internal failure which can’t be seen by our naked eyes.

Strange Smells

 When you experience a pungent smell around the car, immediately take required actions and get it checked. If you’ve gone for a long drive, it will obviously heats up your brakes, as a result there could be a faulty part that is losing the power.

Taking Longer To Stop

Another major sign is that the brakes lose their efficiency and perform low when applying the brakes. If it takes a long time while applying your brakes, then the brake pads are worn down completely or that your brake fluid is low. Hire a brake mechanic as soon as possible to ensure whether the system is in a good working condition.

Lack of brake fluid

Even after putting full force on the brake pedal, if the brakes still don’t engage, this could be due to lack of brake fluid in the braking system. Brake fluids will enhance the life of the braking system of your car and move the component in the braking system. If the brake fluid is lacking, the brakes become useless. Eventually your brakes will be so damaged, you have to replace them. If you are losing fluid constantly, there might be a possible leakage which you should detect immediately.

Get your brakes checked on a regular basis, this will help you detect if they are worn out; before heading out for a long trip check the brakes and start the car. It is absolutely essential that the brake pads are replaced when the thickness on the pad is 2 mm.

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