The brake system in your vehicle is extremely important, because it allows you to safety slow down or stop on the road when needed. Although brake problems don’t happen all the time, it is still important to know when your brake pads may need to be replaced in order to maintain brake efficiency over time. Brake pads do tends to wear down with regular use of your vehicle, so they will need to be replaced periodically.
The brake pads are the component within the brake system that helps to gently slow your tire rotation when you step on the brake pedal. When you press down on the brake pedal, the brake pads will press against the rotor to slow down or stop the wheels from moving. If you continue to drive with worn down brake pads, metal to metal damage can occur to brake components.
Most brake pads will last anywhere between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, with the average lifespan around 40,000 miles. However, the lifespan of your brake pads will also depend on how often you drive your vehicle and your individual driving habits.
If your brake pads are due to be replaced, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- Brake pedal shakes when pressed
- Lack of brake power
- Screeching or squealing noise when braking
If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, we invite you into MotorHaus to get your brake system inspected as soon as possible. Driving with worn down brake pads can risk your safety and the overall health of your vehicle. Give us a call or stop by today!