If your car has started acting funny when you try to stop, you may wonder if there is an issue with your brakes. If so, look for the following signs that could indicate that your brake pads are worn out.
Squealing Noises When Trying to Stop
One sign that your brake pads are wearing down is hard to miss. You will hear squealing noises whenever you try to stop your vehicle, especially as you come to a complete stop.
These noises are possibly caused by two issues. First, when the pads are wearing down, they are not able to provide as much traction as when they are intact. Because the surfaces have become smooth, a squealing sound is made when they rub up against the metal of your tires.
Second, the noises can also be caused by the pads' underlying bare metal rubbing into the wheels. Eventually, you may also start hearing a grinding noise as the pads dig into the tires' discs. Either way, any noise coming from your brakes should be inspected by a professional, as they could become ineffective at stopping your car, possibly causing an accident.
Vibrations When You Apply the Brakes
Along with the noises discussed above, another indicator that your brake pads are worn is the presence of vibrations when you apply the brakes. When the surface of the brake pads starts to deteriorate, the unprotected rubber is prone to melting because of the constant exposure to heat caused by friction.
When the rubber melts, it coats your car's brake discs. When it cools down, it leaves raised grooves on the brakes. Then, the next time you drive your car, the pads will vibrate as they rub against the uneven surface.
As the pads heat up again, the existing grooves will pull even more rubber off of the pads. If you do not have your pads inspected and replaced, the vibrations will become stronger. Also, the pads will wear down to the point that they no longer have any rubber, leading to the possibility of an accident when you are unable to stop your car.
If you have noticed any of the above signs and suspect your brake pads may be causing the issue with your car, you need to have them checked as soon as possible. Take your vehicle to a brake repair service so they can inspect your braking system and make the necessary brake repairs or replacements.