Signs of Brake Trouble
A quality set of brake pads can easily last for 60,000 miles. The hard ceramic or semi metallic friction material of the pads wears so slowly and gradually, it can be easy to not notice when the pads are wearing to a point of needing replacement. These are all certain signs to watch out for, though:
- Strong pull to one side while braking
- Tendency for one or more wheels to lock up and skid while braking
- Excessive brake pedal travel before brakes actually engage
- Pulsation or vibration that can be felt through steering wheel or brake pedal while braking, due to a brake rotor that’s out of spec and slightly warped
- Squealing, groaning or metallic grinding noises while braking
Of all these, the metal-to-metal grinding noise is by far the worst. Your brake pads are mounted on metal backing plates, and that grinding noise means that the pads have worn to a point where the rivets of the metal plate are actually making contact with the smooth steel rotors. Not only is that the only braking power you have, but it’s obviously ruining the rotors as well and costing you a lot more money when it’s time for repair.
There’s one other possible explanation for that grinding noise.
Some brake pads are designed with a spring-steel tab that protrudes from the back at a right angle. This tab serves as a wear indicator and is designed to drag on the rotor when the pads reach a minimum thickness. Either way is not good!
At Ramon’s Tire and Service in Mendota, CA, our trained and experienced techs can address any brake issues your vehicle may present. That includes regular brake inspections…since brake pads should really be replaced when they reach a minimum thickness of about ¼”.
Consider this for a moment. The average driver puts about 12-15,000 miles a year on a vehicle. If you were to attach a counter to the brake pedal, it would register 75,000 applications of the brakes in that year’s time! Don’t put off your brake problems until they become a danger to you and everyone else on the road. Make an appointment with Ramon’s Tire and Service in Mendota, CA and let us get your car’s brakes taken care of.