When is it time to change the brake pads?
We all know when its time to change to oil. We know because usually there’s a clingy sticker on the top left inside of our windshield. It lets us know that when we hit a certain mileage we need to bring the car back in for an oil change. Its possible to get a rough estimate of wear and tear on oil based on mileage. Unfortunately, the same isn’t true for brake pads.
Wear and tear on brake pads
The reason you can’t tell how much wear and tear mileage is causing to your brake pads is because not all miles are the same. Think about it, city miles have a lot more stop and go than highway miles do. So, city miles are going to wear out your brake pads faster. It just isn’t possible to tell at what rate they will wear down. That’s why it is so important to check your brake pads at regular intervals. Why not schedule an appointment to have them checked out?
Can you tell by the sound of it?
Perhaps you are thinking, I may not know the rate at which they wear out, but I can just listen for screeching. This is a terrible idea! Listening for screeching is not very scientific or accurate. More importantly, by the time you hear screeching it’s likely that your brake pads are shot and now your brake rotors are sustaining damage. This is not safe and it is a much more expensive problem to solve. That being said, if you find yourself in this situation do not hesitate to come in. We are able to order the proper parts and get you back on the road, safely, in no time.
If you want to figure out whether or not to change your brake pads, we recommend you come in and see us. If you think the brake pads and your care are really worn out, and you are thinking of getting another vehicle come and we can talk through any questions and concerns you may have.