Your brake pads are among one of the most important and overlooked components on one’s vehicle. Its sole responsibility is to make sure that your vehicle comes to a smooth stop. So if they’re malfunctioning in any way, it could mean major trouble. Here are some warning signs to be on the look out for.
- Deep grooves in the rotor: The rotor is that smooth metal disc that lies beneath the brake pad. If you notice there are circular grooves, resembling that of a record, this is an indicator that the brake pads have worn down and they are now scratching the rotor. If the grooves become too deep, the rotors, along with the brake pads will need replacing.
- Pulsating brake pedal: When you press on the brake pedal and it begins to shake or feel like it’s pulling, this is what is referred to as pulsating. This happens when your brake pads have become worn out or warped due to excessive heat. They can either be re-machined or need to be completely replaced, depending on the severity.
- Thin brake pads: If you look through spokes on the front wheels of the vehicle, you will be able to see your brake pads. they should be at least 1/4 of an inch thick. If you noticed that they are any thinner than that, may be a good idea to schedule an appointment to have your pads replaced.
These are just a few of many tell-tale signs that you need new brake pads. But if you’ve noticed any of these or want to question some other sounds or motions going on with your vehicle, call Saline Automotive at (734) 429-2886.