As a car owner, looking after your car is a must. Always check the brake pads. How do I do that? No worries, this article is here to help you.
When Should I Check My Brakes?
About every six months. Of course, you should keep an eye on your brakes at all times. Check your brake pads regularly. Check the brake pads yourself or go to a mechanic to make sure that they are working fine.
How do I Check Brake Pads?
- Step 1: Do Your Brakes Make a Noise?
Brake pads that make a noise as an early warning signal that there is something wrong. The sound is affected by wear indicators that get louder the more the brakes are used.
- Step 2: Pay Attention to the Brake Pedal
Not just the brake pedal, but the steering wheel, too. Your steering wheel vibrates along with the brake pedals.
- Step 3: Do you See Warning Lights
The warning lights will flash if there is something wrong with the car. That means you are running low on car fluid.
Steps on Replacing Brake Pads
If you are confident to do your own car repairments over taking it to a mechanic, here are two steps on how to replace the brake pads.
- Step 1: Inspect the Wheels
Brake dust collection in the wheel is a sign of wear. If you notice that your wheels are dirtier, get your brakes inspected at an auto shop.
- Step 2: Look at the Brake Pad
The brake pad is located through the wheel. Determine its thickness. If the brakes look thin it needs to be replaced. Some brake pads include a slot in the center. Study the slot. If it’s almost gone, it’s time for a replacement.