Brake Repair and Service in Wilmington
How Do I Know If My Brake Pads Are Worn Out?
Brake pads are made of high friction material meant to last for thousands of miles without any brake fade. Brake pad wear can be fairly easy to diagnose, even for beginners, so there's no need to go to an auto shop to do a quick check.
The most tell-tale symptoms are:
- Brake noises like grinding or squealing.
- Excess brake dust.
- Longer and longer stopping distances.
Why do my brakes make noise when I stop?
One of the reasons could be that your brakes have worn themselves in to the "brake rotors" causing you to have a very violent grinding sound when stopping. This is caused when the friction (brake pads) have worn past their material and now the rotor is contacting the brake pad backing plate. "Metal to metal" is a very common term used to describe this condition.
"Seized brake calipers" can also be a cause of premature brake wear. Calipers are basically like a hydraulic press that operate when you press on the brake pedal. Brake fluid is pushed to the caliper pistons to "squeeze" the brake pads against the brake rotors. This causes you to stop. When a caliper doesn't release that pressure, brake pads may continue to contact the rotor (which is always turning) and wear down. This causes excessive heat, drag and loss of fuel mileage.
It's recommended that at least once a year your brake system (calipers, hoses, springs, hardware and retainers) should be inspected, cleaned and lubricated for proper maintenance and good braking.
Stop in or call for next brake inspection or service. There's nothing like having the confidence of good brakes under your feet when you really need it.