How and When to change your Brake Pads

Your brake pads are a critical part of keeping you safe on the road because they are what bring your car to a stop when you need to. The more you use your brakes, the more they wear down and will ultimately require replacement. In most cases, you can drive tens of thousands of miles before you need to change brake pads, however, at Y Tires & Sales we want you to know know how and when to change your Brake Pads

When to change your Brake Pads

If your brakes make a squealing noise while you are pressing down on the pedal that stops as soon as you release the pedal, this is a clear sign that you need to make an appointment for changing brake pads. Most brake pads are designed with a wear indicator, which is metal built into the brake pads that make a squealing noise when it rubs against the rotor. Thus, need to be changed.

It is definitely time to get your brake pads checked and most likely changed if you lose control when you are braking. Your car may skid to the right or left when you brake if your brake pads are wearing unevenly. To avoid causing a traffic accident, you will need to change your brake pads as soon as possible.

Inspect your brake pads visually; you may be able to look through the rims to see them. Otherwise, you can take off the tire to look through the hole in the caliper to see the brake pads. It is time to think about changing your brake pads if they are less than 3 millimeters thick. They will usually start squealing when they get down to 2 millimeters, so changing them preemptively will help you avoid the embarrassment of driving around with squealing brakes.

However, you should be aware of how to change brake pads.

Switching your own brake pads is actually a simple and also an easy process to perform. It really is as easy as loosening the set screw (or in certain cases a small hex bolt) on each the pads that you are going to remove. Once the screws (or hex bolts) are loosened, the pad will be able to be taken right out. Mount the brand new pads in reverse order to what we did to take off the old worn out ones. With the pad in place, you can re-tighten the set screw and you will be back in business.

When it’s time to change your brake pads, the best way to go is a professional auto mechanic unless you know what you are doing. In addition to changing the brake pads, the mechanic can also look for other parts of the brake system that may need to be repaired or replaced. It is important to have the hoses and brake rotors inspected and repaired if they need it because they also affect the performance of the whole system.