Aftermarket parts vs OEM parts!
Importance of Checking Your Brake Pads
Not only is appropriate brake pad inspection and maintenance crucial for your vehicle’s performance and longevity, but it is also important for your safety as a driver or passenger of a vehicle.
Remember, brake pads are what slow down and stop your vehicle. If they’re not working properly, the consequences can be fatal.
Is there a specific time to check your brake pads?
There is no definite schedule for changing your vehicle’s brake pads. Therefore, to determine the amount of deterioration, you should check your vehicle’s brake pads on a regular basis. The manner in which and where you drive your vehicle determines the brake pads’ wear and tear. For example, if you drive in predominantly urban areas, your pads may wear faster compared to someone who drives on predominantly rural roads; that’s a result of the frequent stopping and starting in the congested areas.
It would be wise to get your brake pads checked about every six months – every time your vehicle gets serviced. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our qualified automotive technicians here at APC to better understand what’s best for your specific vehicle.
Signals that your brakes may need to be replaced
Brake dust accumulation on your wheels is usually a sign of normal wear. If you notice that there is less brake dust accumulating on your wheels, that could be a sign that your pads may need to be replaced.
Feel your steering wheel and brake pedal
If you can feel vibration in the brake pedal or the steering wheel whilst braking, this could be a sign of brake pad issues.
Keep watch over your vehicle’s brake pad
In many cars you can see through the wheel to check your brake pads. If they look especially thin – less than ¼ inch – they likely need replacing.
Listen to your vehicle’s brakes
Most vehicle’s brake pads are designed to produce a scraping sound as an early warning, indicating that replacement is required.
Consult a qualified automotive technician
Brake pads are a very important component of every vehicle that has them. Therefore, they should be appropriately maintained. If you are ever unsure, contact your local mechanic or our team here at APC for advice.