One of the most important aspects of your vehicle is the brakes. There are few things that can be as disastrous as failing brakes. It is critical that your brakes function as they should, because not only does your life depend on it, but the lives of others on the road around you in Centennial, CO depend on it as well. Compass Insurance recommends you be aware of the following 3 signs that will alert you when it’s time to replace the brake pads.
Pulling to One Side
One of the first signs that your brake pads are wearing thin and need to be replaced is if your vehicle starts pulling to the right or left while you are driving. Although there are other reasons that may cause the car to veer or pull, but worn down brake pads is one of the most common reasons. To determine if it is due to the brake pads, apply the brakes without turning the steering wheel and if the vehicle pulls to the right or left, it means the brake pads may be wearing unevenly and should be replaced.
Spongy Brake Pedal
The brake pedal can be temperamental, especially when the brake pads are wearing out. There are two things to be aware of when it comes to the brake pedal; either a sticky brake pedal that fully grabs the brakes or if it feels spongy and must be pushed to the floor before grabbing the brakes. Neither one of these is good; in fact it can be dangerous, especially if you have to push the brake pedal to the floor just to slow down. Either scenario means you should have the brakes inspected by a reliable mechanic.
A Loud Grinding Noise
If you hear a loud grinding sound when you apply the brakes, it typically means your brake pads need to be replaced. The grinding sound is caused when the metal caliper and the metal disc rub together, which means there is nothing between them, so the pads are completely worn down. The longer you drive your vehicle with the caliper and disc grinding together, the more damage you are causing to the entire braking system. In most situations, if there is grinding, you will also need to replace the rotors.
The safest and least expensive solution is to have your vehicle routinely maintained and inspected to ensure the brake system is in top condition.
Residents of Centennial, CO interested in learning more about driving safety, reviewing or upgrading their current automobile insurance policy should contact Compass Insurance.