How To Tell When It’s Time For New Brake Pads

 All this stop and go traffic in Myrtle Beach this summer can cause some wear and tear on your car’s brake pads. Sometimes the humidity in the air can cause your brakes to make a squeaking sound, making it hard to tell if you need a new set of brake pads. That’s why our team here at C&G Truck & Auto has come up with a few ways to tell when it’s time for new brake pads.

Squeaking or Squealing Noises

Like mentioned earlier, sometimes the wet weather can cause dust particles to form around your brakes which can cause a squeaking noise. If this is the case, the noise should stop after you’ve engaged the brakes a few times. If this happens every time you engage your brakes while driving, it’s a good idea to bring your car in for a brake pad inspection.

Less Than A 1/4th Inch Of Padding Left

If you look through your tire spokes and you’ll be able to see your brake pad compressed against your brake rotor. If you see there is less than one-fourth of an inch of padding, it’s time for an inspection and possibly a new set. 

Metal Grinding Noises

A low, deep grinding noise could be a sign that your brake pads have worn away completely and you have metal on metal contact. This can end up doing further damage to your car’s braking system if not addressed promptly. 

Overall, these are just a few of the indicators that your brake pads need to be inspected and many times replaced. If you’re unsure about your brake pads or if your car needs to be inspected, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 843-839-3691 or click here!