Once your brake pads start going bad, you should watch out for certain symptoms. Some of these symptoms aren't serious and you might end up overlooking them.
However, even though you're not in immediate danger, you shouldn't ignore the warning signs because it's better to be safe than to be sorry. Have your pads and rotors checked to see if there's anything wrong with either of them as soon as these symptoms start happening.
Symptoms of Brake Pad Failure
- Vibrations: If you put your foot down the pedal and you feel vibrations or pulsations from it, then your brake pads or brake pad rotors must be busted. The shaking usually happens when the pad comes into contact with the rotor. They shouldn't react to each other like that and this symptom is a clear sign that something is amiss with your brake system.
- Slower Brakes: If the brake response is slow or delayed then there might be something wrong with our brake pad. Your brakes should respond in real time with when you push your foot to the pedal. You could end up in an accident having such slow brakes, especially when you're driving on the highway and you're in need of quick reflexes when braking.
- Spongy Brake Pedal: Even if you're still able to apply the brakes there might still be an issue as long as it's hard to activate it without you putting more pressure unto it. If the pedal feels spongy or hard on top being unresponsive then it might be time to have your local dealership mechanic take a look at the condition of those pads.
- Squeaky Brakes: As more brake dust accumulates in the brake pads, expect them to squeal every time you use them. Although the squealing brakes sound is a stock sound in many a movie, it's actually the sign of bad news in real life. It might either mean your wheels require more thorough cleanings to get rid of excess brake dust or it might be your pads are on their last legs.
If your wheel is filled with corrosive brake pad dust, you can always depend on KevianClean Wheel Cleaner to get rid of them. However, what if the problem is with your vehicle's brake pads themselves?
It's dangerous to have faulty brake pads or any of the brake system components fail because the car brake is what you need in order to fully control your vehicle.
It's always best to replace your brake pads before they end up damaging something else within your brake system, particularly when your brake warning light is activated and your car computer is giving you warning messages about it.