When it comes to vehicular safety, there is nothing more important than your brakes. These are critical in keeping you as well as others safe on the road. Did you know that up until the 1890s, most cars consisted of a wooden block that was used to stop the car? However, it was in 1898 when inventor Elmer Ambrose Sperry introduced the first brakes.
Even though brake pads are fairly inexpensive to replace and repair, it is important to look out for signs of wear and tear to ensure it is fixed promptly. Gumtree outlines the following warning signs that tell you it’s time to repair your brake pads:
- Grinding noises: Noises that can be considered ‘eardrum piercing’ such as screaming or grinding are signs that your brake pads are worn out.
- Shaking: Once the brake pads are worn out, the resultant motor damage causes shakes and shivers in other components such as the steering wheel or brake pedal.
- Brake light warning: There are several reasons why the brake light warning on your dashboard can light up and none of them must be neglected: the brake fluid is low, the parking brake is on, or there is an issue with the brake’s hydraulic system.
If you need to know how often to change your brake pads, it is recommended to check your car’s user manual for the closest estimate. Typically, however, brake pads must be repaired/replaced every 50,000 kms. It is important to remember that the way you drive and brake, especially the amount of pressure that is applied and how often, can significantly affect the longevity of your brake pads.