When To Replace Car Brake Pads

Worn or damaged brake pads can impact negatively on your ability to bring your car to a sudden halt. This is especially dangerous in an emergency situation when adequately working brakes are a needed to bring your car to prompt stop. There are a few telltale signs (of pending brake problems) to look out for. Do you know what they are?

Key awareness of such a problem is needed to avoid potentially harmful consequences; so let's examine some well known warning signs. While a few of these problems may require you to replace other brake components, a careful inspection of your brake pads should reveal that they are worn and are in need of immediate replacement. Your next course of action depends on how much you know about brakes and your experience fixing and/or replacing them. If you know little about car brakes the most auto repair garages will offer you a free brake inspection. In most cases its best to have someone else inspect your system to confirm your findings.

Get a free brake inspection

Ask your local mechanic for a complete diagnosis of your brake system along with an estimate on what parts are needed, and the cost of the repairs. A reputable auto repair garage will give you a print out showing a fairly close estimate of what your costs will be.

However, you should not forget that local taxes and the price quoted should be within 95% of the final cost. Of course, you may need to also allow a bit extra for any unforeseen problems that may be detected in the process. For example, possible brake master cylinder failure. Signs of pending brake trouble include the following:

Squealing brakes:
* Pulling of the car from one side to the other
* Wheel grabs constanly
* The brake pedal needs pumping
* A sudden and really hard brake pedal
* Spongy like brake pedals
* A grinding sound of your car brakes

Get a diagnosis of your brake system

If you feel reasonably confident that you can do the work yourself, you will save yourself much money. You can save money with parts too, by simply shopping around. The higher prices you will pay will likely be through your dealer's parts department.

Prices at a national auto parts supply store should be lower, while prices through an online wholesaler should be about the lowest available as they purchase directly from the manufacturer. If you go ahead and buy online ONLY buy parts from a reputable dealer selling auto parts from trusted manufacturers. Side point: Show caution about Internet sites selling generic parts from overseas merchants. Also, make sure that you are able return what you purchase (if needed) to address in based in the country where you reside. You can find helpful advice on why a car engine suddenly blows smoke.