Inspecting a brake pad is one of the most critical safety inspection as brake pads assists your vehicle from stopping the wheels from moving. If you are planning a long drive, you want to make sure your brake pad is in good working condition. The vehicle’s brake is key to safety for the driver and passenger.
Brake pads should always be inspected when you go for a long drive. Most people think of the inspecting their tires, belts, coolant and oil, but brake pads are not part of this frequent check list. Do you remember the last time you checked your brake pad? If you can’t recall, ensure to inspect your vehicle as soon as possible. Here are a few tips to ensure your brake pads are keeping you and your passengers safe.
1. Consider an inspection every six months
It is recommended to get more frequent inspections scheduled during the year. There is no fixed schedule. However, once a year is compulsory to confirm that the brake works properly. There are many components to check such as brake fluid levels, hoses and brake lines, rotor thickness and the dashboard warning signal. Plan a check at the same time you check other components of your vehicle such as your tires and oil.
2. Be alert of the warning signs and noises
The warning signal is the best way to see the signs before the brake pad fails. You can identify the potential problem and repair it rather than have to replace your entire brake pad system. However, replacing brake pads is a normal part of car maintenance. Noises from your brake are also an indication of poor brake pads. Squeaking is the most common noise. Metallic screeching noise is a crucial indicator that you need a brake pad replacement.
Another good indicator is your vehicle’s response when you hit the brakes. See how long it takes to bring your vehicle to a halt. An important factor to remember is that driving habits, operating conditions and the quality of the brake lining can contribute to brake wear. A proper functioning brake system will ensure the vehicle’s operational safety under various driving conditions. Drivers can ensure the quality of their brakes by recognizing all the signs that indicate either repair or replacement of the brake system.
3. Check your vehicle’s readiness
Pre-trip inspection is the first step to vehicle maintenance. It is always good before you drive to visually inspect your entire vehicle. Examine all components of the vehicle including your brake. Look for obvious problems such as brake rotor cracks or hose leaks. It is not essential to get under the vehicle prior to every trip, once or twice a week or once a month will help to ensure your vehicle is ready for long distance drives.
4. Replace the brake
Brakes are a normal wear item and will need to be replaced. Take your vehicle for a test drive to detect potential brake system issues. A thorough inspection of the brake system will prevent any potential problems. Inspection normally covers the brake lining, brake fluid level, rotor thickness, hoses and dash warning lights. If your brake pedal feels low or if there is any vibration, these are also indications of worn out brakes.
5. Aim for a zero failure rate
There are breakthrough mechanical systems that have increased the safety level of break pads. The brake system of your vehicle is made up of various mechanical parts that operate to bring your vehicle to a complete halt. Advanced mechanical attachment technology involving disc brake backing plates offers a zero failure rate.