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When should you replace your brake pads?


The replacement of brake pads depends on several factors such as your driving habits, the type of vehicle you have, and the condition of the brake pads themselves. As a general guideline, brake pads typically need to be replaced when they have worn down to a thickness of around 3 millimeters (or 1/8 inch). However, it's important to note that this can vary, so it's recommended to consult your vehicle's manufacturer guidelines or consult with a qualified mechanic for a more accurate assessment.

In addition to thickness, there are some signs that may indicate the need for brake pad replacement:

  1. Squealing or squeaking noises: Brake pads often have wear indicators that produce a high-pitched sound when the pads are nearing the end of their life.


  3. Reduced braking performance: If you notice that your braking distance has increased or you need to press the brake pedal harder to achieve the same level of braking power, it may be a sign that your brake pads are worn.


  5. Vibration or pulsation: Experiencing vibrations or pulsations when applying the brakes can be an indication of uneven wear or warped brake rotors. In such cases, it's advisable to have a mechanic inspect the entire braking system.


  7. Visual inspection: If you have the knowledge and tools, you can visually inspect the brake pads through the wheel spokes. If the pads appear significantly thinner than when they were new or if the friction material is worn down to the metal, it's time to replace them.

Your safety is our number one priority here at Sacramento Specialty Automotive. If you're uncertain about the condition of your brake pads or need assistance, it's always best to consult our qualified mechanics and automotive professionals!