Brakes

New Brakes & brake pads in Jamestown, nc


The brakes in your car are made up of brake pads and rotors. The brake pads are made from a hard material and use friction to stop the car, while rotors are what the pads grip to slow or stop the vehicle.

Your driving style, the type of traffic you drive in, and the brake hardness can all impact how long your car’s brakes will last before they need to be replaced. Generally speaking though, brake pads on average need to be replaced around every 50,000 miles.

There are several signs that you should be replacing your brakes:

  1. If you are hearing persistent squeaking or squealing noises, it might be time to replace your brake pads. When it is raining, you might hear some squeaking, but that noise will typically go away as your brake pads dry off.
  2. Some car models will trigger an indicator light when it is time to repair or replace part of your brakes or brake pads. You may not need to replace them immediately, but it is best to visit a professional that can evaluate the best time for a replacement.
  3. Grinding metal sounds are an accurate indication that it's time to replace your brake pads. Often there are metal grooves at the bottom of the brake pad, and if you hear distinct metal sounds, that means you have worn straight through the rubber.
  4. If your brake pedal is vibrating, that is a fourth sign that it is time to bring your vehicle in to be inspected. Brake pads provide a solid grip for your car to come to a full stop, and if you feel like your car isn’t braking correctly, your pads might be worn out.
  5. Lastly, if you take a look at your brake pad and see that the padding is less than a quarter inch thick, its time to get them replaced by a professional. The sooner you can get your car in, the less likely it will have a chance to create more significant problems.

Don’t wait until you are hearing unusual noises and have them inspected right away. Give Tim Small Automotive a call at 336-454-5736!