6 signs you need new car brake pads 

June 23rd, 2021 by

Knowing when to change your car brake pads can be a mystery to some people… but it doesn’t have to be! At Toyota of N Charlotte, we know your car brakes are important to you and have the best tips so that you can tell when it’s time to change your brakes! It’s best to replace your car brake pads every 40,000-50,000 miles, but that can vary based on how you handle your N Charlotte Toyota. 

Sign #1 Taking longer to pump those brakes! 

If it’s taking longer to come to a complete stop in your N Charlotte Toyota, then this could be a signal that you need to change your pesky brakes. This could mean that your car brake pads are worn down completely or your brake fluid could just be a little low. On the other hand, it could mean that your brake fluid is leaking!

Weird sounds coming from your brakes 

Sign #2 Squealing or squeaking noises coming from your brakes. 

If you’re driving along the highway and notice an odd noise that sounds like a screech, then this means that you have worn down your car brake pads all the way down. That screeching noise is actually your car rotors that are getting damaged, and this is a much more costly item to fix! This is why you should inspect your car brake pads frequently. You can save yourself hundreds of dollars by just inspecting your N Charlotte Toyota daily. 

Sign #3 Grinding noise from your car brakes. 

Odd sounds coming from your brakes would raise an eyebrow to anyone. So, if you hear this sound, you should definitely bring in your N Charlotte Toyota ASAP to have our expert auto technicians change your car brake pads and even your brake rotors. Changing your car brake rotors can be a costly repair.

Sign #4 Light ‘em up!

If your N Charlotte Toyota has a light for when your brakes go out then you’re in luck and will be able to tell when it’s time to change them sooner without having to physically check the brakes. Either an antilock braking system (ABS) light or a brake system warning light will come on. However, if you don’t have this handy light, then you will have to inspect your car brake pads regularly.

Sign #5 Thin pads!

When you’re doing your weekly Toyota car maintenance check, you can also see how your car brake pads are holding up. If the pad is less than 1/4-inch thick, then you should bring your car to Toyota of N Charlotte so that we can fix the problem for you.

Sign #6 Vibrations. 

If you experience vibrating sensations when you apply the brake, then your car rotors might be warped and it could have created uneven brake pad wear. 

Toyota of N Charlotte has your back!

For any other questions, call (704) 659-2025 and we can help you with whatever you may need. 

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