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How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Changed

Healthy brakes allow Newport News drivers to reduce their speed and stop their vehicles effectively. However, without proper maintenance of the system, your car may face many dangers. Brake pads are a component that require maintenance often. But, how often are you supposed to replace them?


Every automaker has a set interval for brake service, so it varies from car to car. However, you can also be on the lookout for the following signs of worn brake pads:

Grinding Sound When Braking

There are built-in metal wear indicators on your brake pads that produce a loud sound when they’ve worn down. The sound is essentially a warning or reminder to have your brake serviced. 

Vibration When Braking

If the brake pads are uneven, you may notice vibrations when you press on the brake pedal. To avoid further damage and failing brakes, please bring your car to our shop today.

Longer To Stop Car

Obviously, if your brake performance is declining, you should consider a brake pad replacement. Old brake pads can increase your stopping time. So if you notice that you have to stop a lot sooner than before, your brake pads may be completely worn out.

Thin Brake Pads

Responsible drivers always find time to inspect their brakes. If you find that your brake pads' thickness is less than ¼ inches, please come by B & L Automotive for a brake pad replacement.

Indicator Light Turns On

Some vehicles have brake sensors that get triggered once the brake pads reach a certain thickness. You may notice a warning light or message appear to let you know that you should have your brakes serviced soon. 


Now you know what signs to look for, you can confidently make the decision to replace your brake pads at the perfect time. It's always good to maintain your vehicle’s braking system. If you’re due for a brake pad replacement, we invite you to B & L Automotive today.