Brake pads are a key component of your vehicle’s brake system; they sit between your brake shoe (the part that clamps down the tires, slowing down their rotation) and your brake drum. Without functioning brake pads, other elements of your vehicle's brake system, such as the discs, rotors, and calipers will begin to wear away. Make sure your brake pads are in proper working condition, and replace them in time. It can potentially save you and your vehicle in an accident and also save you money on expensive brake job. But how to know whether it's time to replace your brake pads?

Look out for these signs with a little attention and it can be easy to know when to replace brake pads on your vehicle.

1. Strange Noises

The first sign of damaged brake pads is when the driver of the vehicle hears squealing, screeching, or whining noise on engaging the brakes. This sound is produced by a small, metallic shim indicator embedded in the brake pad precisely for just this purpose. If the noise is less of a screech and more of a grumbling, grinding sound, the pads at one or all of the wheels may be completely damaged, and further use of the brakes may cause serious damage to the rotors. In such cases, you must take your vehicle to a brake shop without delay. Even before it reaches this stage, it is better to replace the pads beforehand for the safety of the people in the vehicle.

2. Deep Metallic Grinding and Growling

If you hear a deep, low noise that sounds like metal grinding, then it is a sign that not only have your brake pads totally worn away, but your brake discs and calipers are in direct contact now. This metal on metal contact can cause far more serious damage in your braking system in a short span of time. So if you hear this kind of sound, you should bring your vehicle in to a service shop as soon as possible. While you're there, also get the other parts of the brake system checked. Ensure the quality of the products replaced. Among others, ASK Automotive is a renowned brake pad and brake shoe manufacturer with an excellent clientèle.

3. Brake Pads Wear Out

Most cars use what are known as disc brakes and it is the friction between the pads and rotor in these cars that eventually stops the car. Over time, with use, the pads begin to wear thin, which makes them less effective at slowing and stopping the car. So check the thickness of your brake pads. You can look for it through the spokes of the tire compressed against the brake rotor inside. If your car's tire isn't designed such that you can see through the spokes, you'll have to remove the tire to see the rotor and pads. Once you find it, make an estimate of its thickness. If the brake pads are thinner than 6 mm, it's a good idea to get them changed.

4. Indicator Lights

Some cars come equipped with brake-pad sensors that inform the driver of worn brake pads via an indicator light on the dashboard or a message display upon start-up. Check your car's user manual to see if your vehicle also has a low-pad warning system. Remember that if the light does come on, you’ll have to take it to your mechanic to replace the brake pads. When it comes to brake parts, one should go for the products of ASK Automotive, a premier brake pad manufacturer in India today.


Published by Sumity Paul