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What Are the Signs of Worn Brake Pads?

Old Brake Pads in Chicago, IL | Thom's Four Wheel Drive and Auto Service

When it comes to the safety of your car, the condition of your brake pads is one of the most important components that require inspection and maintenance. Worn-out brake pads can significantly decrease your vehicle's stopping power, resulting in an unexpected and potentially dangerous situation. To protect yourself, you should understand the warning signs of worn brakes and have your car serviced immediately whenever one of these occurs.

Loud, Squeaky Noise

The most obvious sign of worn brake pads is a loud and squeaky noise coming from the brakes. A metal component causes the sounds, called a wear indicator, which hits the brake rotor, indicating the need for brake pad replacement.


Along with this noise, you might also experience some pulsation in the brakes when they're applied. The warped rotor causes the vibration, which is often a result of worn-out brake pads.

Brake Dust

Another indication of worn brake pads is dust visible on the brake rotor. Some of the dust is created by the particles of the brake pad being ground off every time the brakes are applied. And when this happens, you should have your brakes serviced as soon as possible.

Other signs of worn brake pads include decreased responsiveness when the brakes are applied and a vibration in the steering wheel.

If you experience any of these symptoms, we welcome you to bring your car to our experienced auto repair shop. Our team of experienced technicians will inspect and service your brakes, making sure their perfect performance and safety. Don't wait and book your appointment now!

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