5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Brake Pads

Brakes are the most vital safety component of your vehicle. When you press the pedal, you expect your brakes to respond quickly. However, over time the brake pads eventually wear out. If neglected, the brakes may fail to perform at the last minute, leaving you swerving to prevent an accident. Proper brake maintenance gives your brakes the extra attention they deserve. The brake pads can only efficiently work when they are in inadequate condition. There isn't a one size fits all service schedule for brake pads. Since some people drive different amounts, brake pads should be changed based on your driving practices. Below are five typical signs that your brake pads are past due for a change. 

The Brake Pedal Feels Spongy
A common sign the brake pad is worn is a spongy brake pedal. If you need to use more pressure to stop the vehicle, the brakes should be serviced. A spongy brake pedal isn't normal and should be considered a sign that motivates a vehicle inspection. 

Burning Smell
Hard braking or aggressive braking habits can overheat the brakes causing them to release a burning smell. If you notice a burning smell, pull over to allow your car to cool off. Not allowing your vehicle to cool off can lead to a complete brake failure. 

The Pedal is Vibrating
The brake pads and rotors work together. If the brake pedal is pulsating, it can indicate a problem with either or. While a vibrating pedal can be distracting, it's a symptom that should be corrected before the drive becomes dangerous.

Squealing Noise
Squealing brakes can sound like nails on a chalkboard. It's not a pleasant sound, and it's likely to indicate that the brake pads are worn. Brakes are designed to alert you when they've gotten too thin and need replacing. The key is to replace your brakes before they begin to make any sounds to prevent a lapse in safety and performance. 

A Decrease in Response Time
Worn brake pads won't provide enough friction with the rotors to slow down the vehicle. In return, the brakes will respond slower than usual, putting you at risk. If your brakes take longer to stop the car, make time to have the brake pads replaced. This will also be an excellent opportunity to discuss with your trusted mechanic a change interval compatible with your driving habits. 

Brake Pad Replacement in Buda, TX

Brake pad maintenance can mean the difference between safer, faster brake response time and minimized vehicle control. Neglecting your brakes can compromise your safety. If you notice any of the above signs, our team would be more than happy to help. Click here to schedule an appointment or give us a call at 512-361-4312.