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Car Maintenance 101: How to Know When you Need New Brakes

The brakes are one of the most important parts of a car and allows the vehicle to stop quickly when the vehicle is in use. Over time, the brakes begin to wear at a steady rate and will eventually need to be replaced. When you want to maintain your vehicle and remain safe on the road, there are a few signs to look for when you need new brake pads.

Thin Brake Pads

The easiest and most efficient way to determine if your brake pads are no longer safe to use is by taking a look at the parts through the spokes of the tire's wheels. There should be 1/4 of the pad left before the brakes need to be replaced. If the pads are not visible it's a sign that they have worn down considerably.

Constant Squeaking

The brakes tend to make noise and squeak when pressure is applied if it's time to replace the parts. This is a common sensor on brakes that notifies the driver that the brakes have run their course. If the brakes aren't replaced quickly, it can cause damage to the rotors.

Pulling of the Vehicle

Your car may feel as if it wants to make right or left-hand turns when you drive the vehicle, which can make it difficult to steer or have control of the car. This can be due to a collapsed brake hose or uneven brake pads. It's important to visit companies Evans Tire & Service Centers to have the pads inspected and get them replaced by a professional to maintain the vehicle. You can also have the brake pads inspected when you replace the tires or have them rotated every few months.

Vibrations When Braking

You may experience vibrations coming from the steering wheel when you attempt to stop quickly. This may indicate that the brakes need to be replaced due to warped rotors due to being under extreme stress for an extended period of time.

Although it's important to schedule routine oil changes and have your tires rotated, the brake pads should also be inspected on a frequent basis to ensure that they continue to work efficiently. By understanding the signs of bad brake pads, you'll be able to replace them in a timely manner and remain safe while on the road. Opt for using a quality brand of brake pads that won't wear too quickly and will prevent a collision.

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Tags: automotive, brake, brakes, car, care, maintenance, new, pads

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