Did you pull up to that stop sign, only to hear a funny scraping sound? Did that awful noise come from your vehicle? Hopefully not – because if it did, that means that you are probably de for a new set of brake pads at the very least. And if that scares you, don’t let it. Have the brakes checked out as soon as you hear a noise coming from them. The noise could signal that the brake pads are thin or that the rotors have been bent and are not working properly.
Having the Brakes Checked
Getting the brakes checked should be done by a professional. Whether it is a local mechanic around the corner or a big dealership, have them checked as soon as possible. If your brake pads are getting thin, continual use of them is not only dangerous, but it could cause more problems and be an even bigger expense in the long run. If the brake pads are worn through, then the rotors could also get worn and bent, and then they will need replacing as well. Any mechanic can get under the car and check to see the wear pattern on the brake pad. For an accurate estimate on how much brake pads are left, they should check each tire and not just one. If a brake pad is worn, then they should be changed on all of the tires.
Replacing the Brakes
The brakes are fairly easy to fix or have fixed by a mechanic. They usually have the brake pads in stock or can order them from an online dealer and have them quickly. Once they have the brake pads and any other parts your car might need for fixing, it usually only takes a few hours for the repair to happen. Once the repair is done, you can take your car out – sans the squeaky or rubbing noise you heard earlier – and feel safe every time you stop. Having the brakes replaced sooner rather than later will save you money in the long run and give you peace of mind that your car will stop on a dime if it ever needed to.