Signs of Worn Brake Pads

Brake Pads
By admin
January 8, 2018 , 12:18 pm

Imagine life without brakes. It’s not really a possibility, is it?

There would be countless car accidents every single day. Your car could end up written off, you could end up with serious injuries, or worse!

Thankfully our cars are equipped with braking mechanisms in order to help prevent this.

Brake pads in particular have their work cut out for them. There are a number of factors that will affect their life span including the car type, driver habit and weather conditions.

Each brake pad is designed with a wear indicator in order to help mechanics identify if they need replacing. The minimum brake thickness allowed is 3mm, however it’s recommended to replace them before this.

Some useful ways to look out for wear include:

  • Listen – to see if you can hear a sharp squeaking or grinding sound while driving
  • Feel –  the pedal might feel soft or it might vibrate/pulsate under your foot
  • See – if the brake light or ABS warning light is illuminated on your dashboard

 

If you experience any of these signs, (more than likely) it means that your brake pads are already at or below the 3mm level and will need to be replaced right away.

Our team of Toyota authorised mechanics will be more than happy to help. You can contact us on 045-525 255 or call into us any time between 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday, or until 1pm on Saturdays.

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