Is It Time To Replace Your Brake Pads?

If your car sounds unusually loud when you press down the brakes, it may be time to replace the brake pads. Brake pads can wear away from everyday driving. If you don't change your brake pads soon, your brake system may fail when you need it the most.

Learn more about brake pads and how you can replace them below.

What Are Brake Pads? 

Brake pads are some of the most critical components in your car's brake system. Brake pads work with your car's rotors to slow down and stop your vehicle on the road. Although brake pads should last for a long time before you need to replace or change them, the thick covering over the pads can wear down prematurely. The wear and tear can expose the metal faces of your pads to the elements.

One of the symptoms of worn-down brake pads is squealing. Squealing occurs when the metal faces of your brake pads rub against the metal surfaces of your rotors. The sound can be loud enough to hear over the roaring of your car's engine. You may also notice squealing when you slow down at a stop light or stop sign. The rotors can also become badly damaged from the friction created on them. 

If you think you need to replace your car's brake pads, contact an auto repair technician now.

How Do You Change Your Brake Pads?

An auto repair technician will need to remove your car's tires before they can inspect your brake pads properly. Depending on the type of car you own, the pads may sit out of viewing range. A technician can't determine the state of your brake pads and other brake parts without inspecting them personally.

If a technician determines your brake pads are damaged, they'll replace the pads for you. A technician may also need to repair the rotors. The rotors can cause problems for your new brake pads if they create friction on them. 

If a repair technician finds additional problems with your brake system, they'll go over the issues with you. For example, if there's air in your brake pedals, a technician may need to bleed your brakes. Air can cause your brake pedal to sink to the bottom of the floorboard. Fluid leaks can also cause problems for your brake pedal. A technician can address the problems with your brake system right away.

Learn more about replacing your brake pads by contacting a car brake repair service today.