Do Your Brake Pads Need Replacement?

Written by a Guest Blogger

The brake pads on your vehicle get thinner with time and eventually need replacing. If you don’t inspect your brakes and the pads wear completely out when driving, it may land you in a troubled situation.

Signs that reveal impending brake problems

It is important to keep a check on the condition of the brake pads as there are a few signs that indicate about the forthcoming trouble related to the brakes.

  • Hard and sudden brake pedals
  • Squealing of the brakes
  • Grinding brakes
  • When brake pedals get spongy
  • Grabbing wheels
  • Drawing the car from one corner to another
  • Pumping the brakes to stop the vehicle

These are common problems that reveal that the brake system is malfunctioning and that the pads (or other components) are past their usable life.

Other points to consider in examining the condition of the brakes

Brake inspections are necessary to perform a detailed inspection, examination, and evaluation.

First, your safety is of the upmost importance. Secondly, you may need to consider your budget. Some service centers will complete a free brake inspection for you. Or find a technician (mechanic) who is reliable and knowledgeable that fits your budget.

A skilled technician can confirm whether the brake pads need replacing or not.

Inquire about the cost associated with brake pad replacement

Your mechanic will let you know the rough estimate to repair or replace the brake pads. The final cost may shoot up 5-10% higher than the estimated cost figures offered by the mechanic. Also if additional parts are needed, such as brake calipers or rotors, the cost could easily double.

If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can surely save a decent amount by eliminating labor costs. Since the effectiveness of braking leads to your safety and the safety of others on the road, please make sure you have the skills to perform the task.

Once the parts needed are identified, purchase them locally or online. Complete research to find a dealer who sells OEM or quality aftermarket parts. This way you can directly contact the dealer by eliminating any middleman and can get the best deal at lower prices.

Compare warranties and return policies. It is also important to find out if the car part you bought can be easily returned or replaced. Beware of the overseas auto parts sellers as it may not be easy to get a replacement for any defective or incorrect product.

About the Blogger

Carpartkings is an online store that deals with the marketing of the various parts of the cars at affordable prices. This New York based company holds a 3 decade old industry expert in auto parts business and believe in offering high quality products to their customers. For detailed information visit their website at


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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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