Know when your brakes should be replaced, and how often.
Your vehicle's braking system at first may not be high on the priority list, but due to it being a main safety component it should be taken care of frequently. Just as your gas mileage will vary on how far and efficient you drive, so will your brake pad (or lining). Brake pads generally need to be replaced after every 75,000 kilometres driven, on average. There are signs to know when components of your braking system need to be replaced:
Squealing or Screeching Noises:
For the average driver, the first indication that brake pads need to be replaced is when one will hear a squealing or screeching sound during brake application. This sound can be created to a metal shim that's embedded in your brake pad just for this reason.
Another reason for this sound can be rust build up. When brakes are exposed to wet conditions (like in the Lower Mainland) a thin layer of dust will form, later turning into rust. If a sound disappears after the first few times you use your brakes, that’s a good indicator that it was just a bit of rust built up on the brake pad and not the brake pad needs to be replaced.
If you hear a noise that sounds like metal grinding or a rumbling growl, that can be a sign that not only are your brake pads worn away, but that your brake discs and calipers are making contact. Since this metal on metal contact can very quickly cause even further damage in your braking system, you should bring your vehicle to a service shop as quickly as possible.
Pulsation or Vibration:
The vehicle's brake rotors are one of the main components in the braking system, and can easily get warped. They can get warped by overheating them from hard braking; or if they have been machined and are thinner the heat gets to them faster. The easiest way to tell if they have this issue is during brake application if you feel a pulsation or vibration, specially in the steering wheel. Leaving your brake rotors this way can cause a disruption in your suspension components, so it is always best to get them replaced before getting to bad.
Keeping your vehicle safe is our main concern, so give us a call today!