You may not think about them often, but your brakes are one of the most crucial parts of your vehicle. They may not seem important until the time comes when you have to stop suddenly. Proper maintenance will protect your car from unnecessary wear and tear and repairs.

Knowing the signs that indicate your brake pads need to be changed will help keep you safe—every time you drive.

Noises When You Stop
When your brakes are working properly, they won’t make any noise or cause any undue vibrations when you are attempting to stop. If you start to hear a squealing noise when you press on your brake pedal, odds are your pads are worn and should be replaced immediately.

Check Your Brake Pads
If you want to check on your brake pads, simply look through the rims of your tires at the brake drums. Find the calipers and look for the pads that sit flush against the inside of the rotor. While the pads are thin, you should be able to see a thin slab of the brake pad. If you can’t, you may want to make an appointment to have them changed.

Watch Your Driving Habits
Your driving habits will determine how quickly your brake pads will wear out. City driving can wreak havoc on your brake pads due to the constant stopping and braking you must do as you turn corners or navigate intersections. If you drive without regularly using your brakes, you may be able to get 25,000 to 30,000 miles out of them. It all depends on the quality of the pad and your driving habits.

At A–Z Tech Automotive, our trained professionals can check your brake pads and make sure your car is running as efficiently as possible. Call and schedule a maintenance check today to make sure your brakes are in tip-top shape.