When Should I Change my Brake Pads?

When Should I Change my Brake Pads?

Most brake pads should be replaced every 25,000 to 65,000 miles, but as with all car issues, it depends on your use, your type of vehicle, and the type of brake pads you have installed. In today's blog post, the team at Independent Vehicle Service is sharing a few signs for when you should change your brake pads. If you notice these signs, contact our AlbAlbuquerque auto shop to schedule brake repair!


Sign #1: Your Brake Pads are Worn Down

The brake pads on your vehicle are made of a steel backing plate with a friction material attached to it. Every time you brake, this friction material is worn away a little bit. You can usually tell when your brake pads are getting low because there will be visible wear on the friction material. If you can see metal on your brake pads, it's time to replace them.


Sign #2: Your Brake Pads are Making Noise

Another sign that it's time for brake repair is if you start hearing noise when you brake. If your brake pads are getting low, they may start to squeal when you brake. This is because the steel backing plate is rubbing against the rotor. If you hear this noise, it's time to bring your vehicle in for brake repair!


Sign #3: Your Brake Pads are Causing Vibrations

If you feel vibrations in your steering wheel or brake pedal when you brake, it could be a sign that your brake pads are worn out. This happens when the brake pads are not making good contact with the rotors. If you feel vibrations when you brake, it's time to have your brake pads replaced.

If you notice any of these signs, it's time for brake repair. Contact Independent Vehicle Service in Albuquerque to schedule brake repair today! We'll inspect your brake pads and rotors and let you know if they need to be replaced. We'll also give you a free estimate for brake repair.

Get a quote today!