How Do I Know I Need New Brake Pads?

Making sure your brakes are safe and reliable is an essential part of being a car owner. Many people forget about brakes until something goes wrong or you hear a weird sound when you brake. Car owners should be getting brake pads replaced after every 50,000 miles driven. Here are some ways to tell if you need your brake pads replaced sooner:

Maintenance Light Comes On

This is the most straightforward way of telling you something is wrong with your brakes. Especially if you have a newer car, they will usually inform you if something is wrong. If a warning light comes on when you are braking, that means something is going on with your brake system. Bring your car into Boston Motor Werks so our team can address the issue.

Noisy Brakes

When you brake and hear a screeching noise or squeaking noise, that usually means your brake pads have an issue. If you hear a grinding noise, that is metal rubbing against metal. This means that the brake pads are completely worn down, and you should have them checked out immediately. When you hear prolonged noises coming from your brakes, it is best to have them looked at by a professional. Leaving them for too long will cause further damage and cost you more money to get fixed!

Shaky Brake Pedal

Sometimes when the brake pads are wearing down, the brake pedal in your car will not be stable. When you are driving, is your brake pedal shaky? A vibrating pedal can indicate bad brake pads or brakes in general. Try not to drive your luxury car around with a shaky brake pedal for prolonged periods of time. Get it checked out as soon as you can.

Thin Brake Pads

If you suspect your brake pads are wearing down, you can always take a look for yourself. Check between the spokes of the wheels to see the brake pads. If you can tell that they are less than a 1/4 of an inch thick, it is time for a replacement. Driving around with thin brake pads will only make them get thinner. You want to keep you and your luxury car safe on the roads!

Contact Boston Motor Werks

Do you need your brakes looked at? The Boston Motor Werks team is here to help you with brake pad replacement and other brake services. Contact us to learn more about our Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Porsche maintenance, or schedule an appointment. We want to help keep your luxury car in the best possible shape!