Inspecting And Replacing Brake Pads

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, your brakes are one of the most critical components. Keeping an eye on your brakes not only helps ensure that you are able to stop on time, it could also end up saving your life. Brake pads wear out after a while. Since the brake pads are one of the most important parts of your brakes, they require inspection every so often. If you drive frequently, you should check your brake pads every 3 months. If you drive infrequently, they should be checked every 8 to 12 months. Here are some ways to tell  if your brake pads need replacing.

Getting a View of the Brake Pad

If your wheels have large enough holes in them, you can peek in to see how the brake pads look. You may need a flashlight to get a good look at them. Once you are able to identify where the brake pad is, you will need to measure the thickness of it. A new brake pad will measure about 1/2 inch. Experts recommend replacing the brake pad when it gets down to 1/8 inch thickness. At times, the front brake pads will wear faster depending on how you drive. This means; you will need to check several different areas of the brake pads to get a good reading. 

Warnings to Adhere To

If you just got done driving, you want to make sure your brakes have time to cool before you start messing with them. Your brakes can get very hot while driving. In order to avoid getting burned, you need time to let them cool. 

Changing the Brake Pads

Before you go to remove the brake pads, you will want to spray down the caliper with brake cleaner. This helps remove any brake dust particles. It is important to lubricate the brake pads once you have removed them from the vehicle. Wherever you see that the caliper comes into contact with the brake pads, you should lubricate these parts. This keeps them from coming into hard contact with each other, which can cause your brakes to make strange noises when in use. Once you have done this, you can slide the new brake pads back into the caliper. In order to ensure the brake pads are properly in the caliper, you will need to bolt it down. You can then place the wheel assembly back onto the vehicle. Contact an auto shop if you have questions about break repair.