How to Tell When Cars Need New Brake Pads

January 10th, 2012 by

Did you know that there’s a really easy way to tell when you’re brake pads are worn on your Cincinnati Buick, Cadillac or GMC? If you’re driving around town, and you hear a high-pitched screeching sound when you apply you’re brakes, that’s a sure fire indicator that it’s time for a new set of brake pads on your Cincinnati car.

What you’re hearing is the indicator, which is a small metal shim, that gives you an audible warning. Unless you’re driving around with your radio turned all the way up, you’ll be able to hear this squeal, even if your windows are rolled up.

On top of the audible warning, there is a visible way to tell if your brake pads are wearing out. When you look at your wheel, you’ll see an outside pad pressed against the metal rotor. You should see at least 1/4 inch of the pad. If not, then it’s definitely time to get a new set. If you have a hard time finding the pad, or you aren’t 100 percent sure whether it’s worn or not, you can always bring your car down to the Bill DeLord Service Department. We’ll gladly take a look for you.

What you definitely do not want to do, is ignore this sound. If it goes untreated or ignored, you run the risk of scratching your rotors. If you are hearing a loud, growling noise when you apply the brakes, take your car into the service department immediately. This sound means that you’ve completely worn the pads down and the disc and caliper are rubbing together. If you’ve scratched your rotors beyond repair, you won’t be happy with the cost of new ones. Trust me.

The brakes on your Cincinnati car are a key ingredient to your keeping you car safe. If you’re unsure if it’s time for a new set of pads or you are experiencing any issues at all with your brakes, please don’t hesitate to come in and see us.

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