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Always check your brakes to ensure its working

Ilisapeci Tinanisigabalavu
Saturday, March 03, 2018

THE brakes of your vehicle should always be in top condition. Neglecting the condition of your car brakes can lead to unfortunate life threatening mishaps. According to, here are some tips to know when your vehicle needs new brake pads.

Look, listen

There are two ways to check for brake wear on disc brakes: by looking and by listening. First, check for wear by looking at your brake pads through the spaces between the wheel's spokes.

The outside pad will be pressed against a metal rotor. Generally, there should be at least 1/4 inch of pad. If you see less than that you may want to have your brake pads inspected or replaced.

Reduced responsiveness or fading

If your brakes are not as responsive as they should be or if the pedal "sinks" toward the floor, this could be an indication of a leak in the braking system.

It could be an air leak (in the brake hose) or a brake fluid leak.

One sign of a brake fluid leak is the presence of a small puddle of fluid when the car is parked. Brake fluid looks similar to fresh motor oil, but with a less "slimy" texture.


If your vehicle "pulls" to one side while braking, it may be a sign that the brake linings are wearing unevenly or that there is foreign matter in the brake fluid.

Your vehicle may need a brake adjustment or to have the fluid drained and replaced.

Grinding or growling

This loud metallic sound means that you have worn down the pads completely, most likely beyond replacement. The grinding or growling noise is caused by the two pieces of metal (the disc and the caliper) rubbing together.

This can "score," or scratch your rotors, creating an uneven surface. If this happens, do not be surprised if your mechanic tells you that the rotors need to be "turned" (a process that evens out the rotor surface), or even replaced.


A vibration or pulsating brake pedal is often a symptom of warped rotors (but can also indicate that your vehicle is out of alignment).

The vibration can feel similar to the feedback in the brake pedal during a panic stop in a vehicle equipped with anti-lock brakes.

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