A car's brakes are composed of several components, each of which needs to be inspected and maintained regularly to ensure the vehicle can stop safely in case of an emergency. These parts include brake lines, brake pads, rotors, and calipers.
Common signs you need to replace brake pads and rotors
Grinding Sound When Braking
Anytime you apply pressure to the brake pedal, a grinding noise will sound, which means your brake pads need to be changed ASAP. Some brake pads come with metal wear indicators that emit a loud noise to alert you that they need replacement. You expose yourself to more damage and higher repair costs if you leave the brake pads to grind.
Vibrations During Braking
Your vehicle's braking system likely needs professional service if you hear a vibration when you apply the brakes. Your rotors are possibly warped and will have unevenly worn brake pads.
If you're unable to apply the brakes with any force, this is another sign that your brakes need attention. You don't want to lose all your stopping power if your brakes are not working well. If you don't see all of your stops during braking, it could mean either the pads need replacing or that your brake fluid is low (usually due to a leak). To figure out what's going on with your brakes, you should see a brake technician as soon as possible.
Indicator Light on Brake Pads
The modern vehicle features two brake warning lights located on the dashboard. The ABS light is for the Antilock Braking Systems (ABS) system, while the brake system warning light indicates the brake system itself is malfunctioning. In addition to your brake light coming on when there is an issue, your parking brake light is also on when you engage it. But if your parking brake is not engaged and you're seeing a brake warning light, have a mechanic check out your system.
Rule Of Thumb
As a general rule, you should replace your brake pads every 10,000 to 20,000 miles. The brake rotors take up most of your time. If you need brake repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Space Center Automotive of Clear Lake today!