When is the time to change brake pads?

When you feel that it takes longer time than before for the car to stop when you press on the brake pedal, you might want to inspect your brake pads.  To inspect, look at the brake pad through the spaces between the wheel’s spokes.  If the pad is 2mm and less, it needs to be changed.  If you cannot see through the wheel’s spokes, you have to remove the wheel to check the pad.

While physical inspection is the most effective way to determine the remaining level of the brake pads, the following are some tell-tale signs of brake pads needing change.

Screeching sound.  Some brake pads come with wear indicator.  When the brake pad is worn to a certain level (usually 2-3mm), the wear indicator will grind against the rotor and makes a screeching sound.  But not all pads come with wear indicator. So you should listen for squeals, grinding and other noise.  This indicates that the pad is completely worn off and should immediately replace new pads to prevent further damage to the disc.


If case ignored, it will form deep grooves to the disc and it will need machining to bring it back to smooth surface before putting new pads.

Car pulling to one side.  When car is pulling to one side when you apply brake without turning the steering wheel, it shows that the pads are wearing unevenly and need replacement.

Vibration.  When you press on the brake pedal and you can feel it vibrates, then it could be you need new pads. The vibration is caused by worn out brake pads, or brake pads that warped due to heat.

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