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Big Lake Automotive

19868 172nd St NW
Big Lake, MN 55309

Knowing the signs of when to replace brake pads and brake rotors is critical for safe driving. This can potentially prevent an accident caused by failing brakes, in addition to saving money on costly brake repair.

So just what are brake pads and what happens when they wear out? Brake pads are a vital component of the braking system that helps bring your car to a stop when you step on the brake pedal. These pads are located between the brake shoe (the part that clamps down, slowing the tires’ rotation) and the brake drum. Every time you engage your brakes, the friction created causes minute amounts of wear and tear on the pads as well as the brake rotors, and eventually, they become thinner and thinner.

But how do you know when brake pads need to be changed? Here are some common signs to watch and listen for:

  • Screeching or squealing -- This sound is caused by a small, metallic shim indicator that’s embedded in the brake pad for this purpose.
  • Less than ¼” of Brake Pad -- You can visually inspect the brake pads by looking through the tire spokes. The pads should be no less than ¼ inch thick (about 3 millimeters).
  • Metallic Grinding and Growling -- This can be a sign that not only are your brake pads worn away but that your brake discs and calipers are making contact and causing further damage to the brake components.
  • Warning Lights -- Check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle comes equipped with the low-pad warning system—an indicator light on the dashboard that signals when it’s time to replace the brake pads.

Generally, brake pads can last between 30,000-35,000 miles—depending on driving habits and road conditions. For example, those who drive mostly in urban areas or in heavy traffic will use their brakes a lot more frequently than someone who drives in rural locations or on open highways. Some people also tend to “ride the brake” (meaning they press and depress their brakes frequently).

Need to know more about how do you know when brake pads need to be changed? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about issues with brake pads and brake rotors and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

Wondering how do you know when brake pads need to be changed? Ask a brake repair specialist at Big Lake Automotive about issues with brake rotors.

Knowing the signs of when to replace brake pads and brake rotors is critical for safe driving. This can potentially prevent an accident caused by failing brakes, in addition to saving money on costly brake repair.

So just what are brake pads and what happens when they wear out? Brake pads are a vital component of the braking system that helps bring your car to a stop when you step on the brake pedal. These pads are located between the brake shoe (the part that clamps down, slowing the tires’ rotation) and the brake drum. Every time you engage your brakes, the friction created causes minute amounts of wear and tear on the pads as well as the brake rotors, and eventually, they become thinner and thinner.

But how do you know when brake pads need to be changed? Here are some common signs to watch and listen for:

  • Screeching or squealing -- This sound is caused by a small, metallic shim indicator that’s embedded in the brake pad for this purpose.
  • Less than ¼” of Brake Pad -- You can visually inspect the brake pads by looking through the tire spokes. The pads should be no less than ¼ inch thick (about 3 millimeters).
  • Metallic Grinding and Growling -- This can be a sign that not only are your brake pads worn away but that your brake discs and calipers are making contact and causing further damage to the brake components.
  • Warning Lights -- Check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle comes equipped with the low-pad warning system—an indicator light on the dashboard that signals when it’s time to replace the brake pads.

Generally, brake pads can last between 30,000-35,000 miles—depending on driving habits and road conditions. For example, those who drive mostly in urban areas or in heavy traffic will use their brakes a lot more frequently than someone who drives in rural locations or on open highways. Some people also tend to “ride the brake” (meaning they press and depress their brakes frequently).

Need to know more about how do you know when brake pads need to be changed? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about issues with brake pads and brake rotors and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

Jamie Houle
Big Lake AutomotiveAuto Repair Shop in Big Lake, MN

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19868 172nd St NW, Big Lake, MN 55309763-263-0909service@biglakeautomotive.com
Mon:8:00am - 6:00pm
Tue:8:00am - 6:00pm
Wed:8:00am - 6:00pm
Thu:8:00am - 6:00pm
Fri:8:00am - 6:00pm
Sat:Closed
Sun:Closed
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