When to Replace Brake Pads

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When to Replace Brake Pads

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Worn brake pads can adversely impact your ability to bring your car to a
halt. This can be especially dangerous in an emergency situation when
adequately working brakes are a must to help you stop your car promptly.
There are some telltale signs of pending brake problems; do you know what
they are? Awareness of a problem is the key to avoiding potential harmful
consequences; let’s examine some well known warning signs.


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Brembo brakes, EBC brakes, brake pads, brake parts, car parts, master
cylinder, auto parts, tires


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Worn brake pads can adversely impact your ability to bring your car to a
halt. This can be especially dangerous in an emergency situation when
adequately working brakes are a must to help you stop your car promptly.
There are some telltale signs of pending brake problems; do you know what
they are? Awareness of a problem is the key to avoiding potential harmful
consequences; let’s examine some well known warning signs.

<b>Signs of pending brake trouble include the following:</b>

<li>Squealing brakes

<li>Pulling of the car from one side to the other

<li>Wheel grabs

<li>Brake pedal pumping

<li>Sudden and hard brake pedal

<li>Spongy brake pedals

<li>Grinding of the brakes

While some of these problems may necessitate you replacing other brake
components, an inspection of your brake pads should reveal that they are
worn and are in need of immediate replacement.

Your next course of action depends on your expertise, your time, and on
your wallet. Most garages offer a free brake inspection and this can be a
wonderful opportunity to have someone else inspect your system to confirm
your findings.
Ask your mechanic for a complete diagnosis of your brake system and an
estimate on what parts and repairs will cost you. A good garage will give
you a print out showing a fairly close estimate of what your costs will
be. Throw in your local taxes and the price quoted should be within 95%
of the final cost, barring an unforeseen additional problem being
detected [for example, brake master cylinder failure].

If you feel reasonably confident that you can do the work yourself, you
stand to save yourself plenty of money, at least in labor costs. You can
save money with parts, too, by shopping around; the highest prices you
pay will likely be through your dealer’s parts department. Prices at a
national auto parts supply store should be lower, while prices through an
online wholesaler should be about the lowest available as they purchase
directly from the manufacturer.

If you decide to purchase online, only obtain parts from a reputable
dealer selling parts from trusted manufacturers. Be careful of those
sites selling generic parts from overseas merchants. Make sure that you
can return what you purchase, if needed, to address in based in the U.S.

				
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