As a vehicle owner, you should be concerned about the brake pads, as it is an important safety feature of the vehicle. You need to make sure to check whether your vehicle brake pads are working properly or not. You can identify the faulty brake pads with the following indications. If your vehicle has the following indications, you need to replace the brake pads. Some symptoms of the faulty brake pads are:
Pulsating brake pedal
This situation arises when the brake pads are worn out. You can identify the pulsating brake pedal (vibrating pedal), when the driver presses it with his foot. In this situation, you need to replace the brake pads.
Clicking and screeching noise form the brake pedal
When you press the brake pedal, if it starts with a rattling sound, it is an indication that the brake pads are damaged and need to be replaced. In addition to clicking sound, if the drivers hear screeching unpleasant sound when the brake pedal is fully pressed, this shows that brake pads need replacement. This sound is caused by a metal shim.
Grinding noise form the brake pedal
Apart from the clicking sound, if you hear any grinding sound, the situation is beyond the replacement of the brakes. It is caused when the metal disc is rubbing the metal caliper – and this happens when the brake pad is completely worn out. In this situation, the driver has to change the entire rotor or get it fixed with the help of a mechanic.
Deep grooves in the rotor
If the brake pads are severely worn out, they will leave grooves on the rotor. These grooves, which are also known as scores on the brake pads, are the indication that brake pads need replacement. If the grooves are too deep, you may also need to replace the rotor.
Car pulling to one side
Car pulling may indicate several different things, but, if the car pulls to one side without turning the steering wheel when brakes are applied, it is the indication that brake pads are not working properly and you need to get new brake pads for your vehicle.
These are some of the symptoms of faulty brake pads. So, if you observe any of the indications from your vehicle, you need to replace brake pads and sometimes the rotor as well.