When is it Time for New Brake Pads?

August 17th, 2017 by

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To ensure you’re keeping your car in top condition, it’s important to follow through with the proper maintenance. In addition to following the dealer’s recommended maintenance schedule, it’s helpful to listen to your car for cues on when maintenance is needed.

Brandon drivers know the importance of replacing brake components at regular intervals to keep the brakes in proper working order. Whether you’re navigating the streets of Madison or Jackson, you’ll want to keep your brakes properly calibrated. Read on to learn more about recognizing the signs that new brake pads are needed. then visit Bob Boyte Honda for all your vehicle purchase and service needs.

How Often Do You Need New Brake Pads?

Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut schedule that tells you when it’s time to replace the brakes. The type of driving you do can greatly affect the life of your brake pads. If most of your driving is in an urban area, you’ll be using your brakes more frequently and, therefore, will need brake pads more frequently. Brakes should be inspected at regular intervals for thickness and wear pattern to monitor when replacement is needed.

Signs You Need New Brake Pads

Common red flags your brake pads need to be replaced include:

  • Squealing Noise: Many brake pads are manufactured with built-in wear indicators, metal tabs that scrape against the rotor when the pad is dangerously worn. These indicators emit the unpleasant screech often associated with worn brakes.
  • Clicking Noise: Brake pads are secured with clips, bolts, or pins that keep them from wobbling around. As the pads wear, they loosen and begin to rattle or click.
  • Longer Stopping Distances: When the brake pads make contact with the rotors for uninterrupted periods of time, both components heat up, reducing their ability to generate the needed friction and increasing vehicle stopping distance. 
  • Vibrating Brake Pedal: If your brake pedal shakes when you press it, worn brake pads are the likely culprit. As the pads wear down, the resin holding them together heats up and smears across the rotor. This can cause the pedal to vibrate. 

Visit the Bob Boyte Service Center for New Brakes

Keeping your brakes properly calibrated and in good working order can prevent costly repairs down the line, and, more importantly, help you avoid a collision. Contact Bob Boyte Honda at 2188 Highway 18 in Brandon, MS for your maintenance needs. Our service center will be happy to assist you with your braking needs.

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