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Signs Of Worn-Out Brake Pads

Your car's braking system is very important for your safety on the road, and the brake pads play a vital role in it. Over time, brake pads wear down due to regular use, causing a decrease in their efficiency after a certain point. That's why it is essential to know the signs of worn-out brake pads to prevent potential accidents. Here are five common signs of worn-out brake pads to look out for:

Unfamiliar Noises

One of the most noticeable signs of worn-out brake pads is a high-pitched squeaking or grinding sound when you press on the brakes. This sound is a result of the brake pad's wear indicator, which produces a noise when the pad material has worn down to a certain level. Another reason for this sound can be metal-to-metal contact that occurs when they are completely worn out.

Reduced Brake Response And Performance

Worn-out brake pads can cause a noticeable reduction in your car's braking performance. You may find that you need to use more power on the brake pedal than usual or that your car takes longer to come to a complete stop. Make sure you check this out at a repair shop because it can put your safety at risk.


If you feel a vibration in the brake pedal or steering wheel when applying the brakes, it could be a sign of worn-out brake pads or warped rotors. The vibration is a result of the uneven surface of the pads coming in contact with the rotors. Another reason could be that they are completely worn-out, resulting in metal-to-metal contact.

Warning Light

A lot of cars are equipped with a brake pad light. It usually resembles a circle with little lines on the side. When it turns on, it means that the brake pads have reached a certain level of wear, where they need to be changed.

Visible Damage

An easy way to spot worn-out brake pads is by simply looking at them. If they seem worn out, well, they are. And if they have worn out unevenly, it is also easily noticeable so make sure to visit a mechanic if you spot anything similar.

Brake Pad Replacements And Repairs At Elite Auto Repair!

If your car needs new brakes or other maintenance procedures, make sure to stop by Elite Auto Repair! Our team will be happy to assist you and get you back on the road ASAP!

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