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How to Check the Brake Pads


Having a healthy set of brakes on your wheels is important for providing the best driving experience possible. At Faulkner Auto Group, we want to show drivers in the Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Trevose areas what they can do to check if their brake pads are worn out.

Read more to learn about what to look out for when inspecting your brakes and how you can know if its time for your brake pads to be replaced.

Look at the Pads

Brake Pad

It’s actually pretty easy to take a look at your brake pads without having to take off your wheels. If your hub caps are exposed, you can usually see into the brake system itself allowing you to gauge the quality of the pads.

You can actually measure out your brake pads by sticking a straw along the pad until you reach the disk and marking where the straw starts to stick out from your brakes. The length between the top of the pads and the disk itself is the thickness of your brake pads. If that thickness is around 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch, that means it’s time to replace them

Keep Your Ears Out

Your vehicle is equipped with methods of letting you know your brake pads are beginning to wear thin. Probably the first sign that you should look out for is the classic squeaky brakes. Don’t think this is because of rusty brakes though, your brakes are designed to do this.

If your brakes start to wear thin, an early sign is when they have been worn down to their squealers. These patches of metal along your brake pads will start to hit your disk when the pads reach a certain thickness. When you start to hear a squealing sound coming from your brakes it’s a good sign you should get your pads replaced.

It’s important to note that sometimes weather can cause a temporary squealing sound, too. If you hear a squealing sound from your brakes after a rain storm, don’t schedule your appointment just yet. If you continue to hear that sound though, it’s good to get that taken care of as soon as possible.

Pay Attention to How Your Car Feels

Replacing Brake Pads

At a certain point you may start to feel your car shake when you hit the brakes. If this is happening that’s a sign that the pads are very worn down and it’s getting down to the calipers.

You may even hear grinding if the pads are worn down enough. This is a sign that your disks are becoming scored and they are being damaged while you brake. At this point, the brake pads are gone, and you may need to have your brake system replaced completely.

It’s always good to pay attention to the way your car drives, too. If your car isn’t braking as quickly as it used to, get it checked out. Reduced performance is usually a sign that your car should at least be inspected.

Schedule your Brake Maintenance Today

The main thing to keep in mind when dealing with brake service is not to wait too long when it’s time for a brake pad replacement. At Faulkner Auto Group, we want drivers in the Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Trevose areas to have to safest and smoothest drives possible.

If its looking like it’s time for your next brake pad replacement, schedule your next maintenance appointment with us online or over the phone today!


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