Signs Your Brakes Need Replacing
There are several signs that your brakes need to be replaced. When the emergency brake is applied at full force, a definite jolt through the steering wheel will indicate that your emergency brake needs to be replaced. The stopping distance of your vehicle will also lengthen with each brake pad, so if you notice a significant difference in braking distance over time, you should also get new brakes installed as soon as possible.
Other things that tell you that your brakes need to be replaced include:
1. The brake pedal feels spongy when pressed. The brake pad worn out and no longer grips the rotor while braking. This is a sign there is an issue with your brake pads. When the brake pedal is pressed and it feels spongy without a firm grip, it’s best to have your emergency brakes checked.
2. Squealing or grinding noises while the brakes are applied. If you hear screeching or grating noises when you apply your brakes, it could mean that your brake pads are worn, causing them to not grip the rotor properly and causing a squeal or grinding noise.
Best Ways To Fix Your Car’s Shaky Brakes
When you take your car to a mechanic, they’ll have several options for you to fix your car’s shaky brakes. This could be a simple fix, or it could involve removing the entire brake system and replacing it with new parts. The following are some of the most common ways that your mechanic may choose to fix your car’s shaky brakes. You’ll find that it’s best to take your car to a professional for any of these fixes.
Check the Hubs:
If you have squeaky, squishy brakes, chances are that your brake pads need to be replaced. You should note that when your brake pads are worn, they begin to make too much friction on the disc and this causes the disc itself to move around. This is one of the reasons why your car may feel jumpy when you’re braking. This condition is similar to the “brake fade” which will occur when you first start driving a car, but it should fade over time.
Observe your brake fluid: If you notice that the fluid level looks low or there is no fluid at all, then you need to check the brake fluid reservoir. If this isn’t the case, then it’s probably your caliper that needs to be replaced.
How Long Does It Take For New Brake Pads To Break In And Stop Shaking?
On average, it will take your brake pads about 400 miles before they’ll start to show signs of wear and need replacing. Of course, this is a very rough estimate, but it’s a good idea to get new pads as soon as you notice your car jolting when you apply the brake pedal. This could be a sign that the pads have worn down to the metal and need to be replaced. If you wait too long and keep driving as is, your car will start to vibrate — and that’s when the real problems occur.
Brake pad vibration can be caused by a few things: the loose caliper bolts, warped rotors or the brake pad material not being suited for your driving habits or the car itself. In essence, it’s best to have your brake pads replaced when they’re at a minimum of 400 miles, but no more than 1,000. Yes, that is roughly a half year’s worth of driving. Why not wait a day or two longer and not worry about if you’ll do anything stupid on the road and cause an accident?
Brake pads are one of the most expensive parts of your car — and it’s really important that you don’t sacrifice safety to save some cash. The pads should be changed every time you replace your rotors. They’ll last for many miles before they need replacement, especially if you drive in a reasonably responsible manner that doesn’t require you to brake hard all the time.