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Symptoms of Bad Brake Pads

by S.F. Heron

Brake pads stop your car as the final step in a series of actions that begin with the press of the brake pedal. Brake pads squeeze the discs or drums located on the wheels under high levels of friction. Bad brake pads inhibit stopping ability as well as cause a dangerous situation with the inability to stop a car.


Bad brake pads prevent your car from stopping quickly in emergency situations. Due to important safety concerns, addressing bad break pads should be your highest priority car repair.


Symptoms of bad brake pads differ by vehicle. The first sign of brake pad wear is often a squealing sound that occurs when the pads have worn down past their replacement indicators


If vibrations are felt when pressing the brake pedal or the pedal feels hard or spongy when pressed, the brake pads are most likely worn and need replacement.


Cars have a brake warning indicator light located on the dashboard. This light functions to notify you when the car needs brakes service and might be the only symptom of bad brake pads.


Brake systems should be serviced every two years to include a complete system inspection, bleeding of the system, replacement of fluids, and replacement front and back brake pads.

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