Absolutely no person wants to be in a car crash or be in any situation where they lose control of their own car and swerve in to traffic at high speeds. As most of you will know a huge percentage of crashes and pile ups start because a car’s own breaks are not strong enough to get it out of the way. This is why it is very necessary that you are able to get some brake pad replacement done before the brake pads are completely used up and spent and so ruin the other components of the vehicle’s braking system. Replacing the brake pads at the right time will save you your money, will save your vehicle from getting totaled, and could even save your life from a horrible accident. In this article we will be discussing the way brake pads work and how to know they need replacement.

So starting at the start, what are brake pads? They are a very important part of your vehicle’s braking system and are found in between the brake shoe, which are the clamps that stick to the tires and slow down its rotation, and the brake drum. Brake pads themselves ensure that the wear and tear of other brake components does not happen. They provide a buffer area for the mechanism to work out and without it the metal would rub against itself and eventually break apart.

If the brake pads wear away you will be able to tell in a few different ways. The first thing that happens is that your car starts making squealing and squeaking noises whenever you push down the brake. When this happens it is time to get the brake pads changed. You could even look at it yourself and if the pad is less than a quarter inch, change it.