When to Replace Your Brake Pads Near Atlanta, Georgia


Brake pads are an important part of your vehicle’s brake system. Being sure to replace them at the right times can save you more than money. Without functioning brake pads, other vehicle elements, such as the discs, rotors, and calipers will begin to wear away. Properly maintained brake pads can help you avoid pricey repairs, unsafe driving conditions, and potentially save your vehicle or your life is an accident.

Engaging your vehicle’s brakes cause small amounts of wear and tear on your brake pads. This friction causes small amounts of protective coating to wear away from the brake pad. Deterioration begins to add up over time and as the brake pads become thinner, they eventually get to the point where they need to be replaced.

While brake pad life will vary from vehicle to vehicle and driver to driver as driving styles will affect brake life. Drivers in urban areas, heavy commuter traffic, or drivers who use their brakes more habitually than other drivers, cause brake pads to wear away more quickly. However, generally, brake pads are generally good from anywhere between 30,000-35,000 miles.

What are some signs that it is time to replace your brake pads?

  1. Squealing/screeching noises – One of the first signs that your brake pads may need replacing is a whining, screeching, or squealing noise when your brakes are engaged. A small metallic shim indicator embedded in your brake pad is intentionally placed to provide this warning. Keep in mind that when brakes are exposed to wet or damp conditions, a thin layer of dust can form on the brake pad and cause a temporary noise. Keep an ear out for a consistent noise.

  2. Less an ¼ inch of brake pad – Visual inspection can also let you know if it’s time to replace your brake pads. You can look through your tire spokes to view your brake pads compressed against your brake rotor. The brake pad should be more than ¼ inch or 3 millimeters thick.

  3. Deep metallic grinding and growling –  Hearing a deep, low noise that sounds like metal grinding or a rumbling growl can indicate more than your brake pads have worn away, such as your brake discs and calipers are making contact. Since this metal on metal contact can quickly cause further damage to your braking system, you’ll want to bring your vehicle to your local service shop at quickly as possible.

  4. Indicator lights – Some vehicles have an indicator light on the dashboard that will signal when it’s time to replace the brake pads.

If you need help evaluating the state of your brake pads or are looking to have them replaced in the area, the professional service department is here to help. Come by and see us at 3403 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30096 or give us a call at (770) 214-7066 to schedule your service appointment. Our service hours are Monday-Friday 7 AM-7 PM and Saturdays 7 AM-5 PM. If you are searching for great prices on service for your vehicle, check out our service specials page. You can also schedule your service appointment online anytime.
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