Be aware of the signs your brakes need attention

Written by: Simon Pavey, Last updated:14th February 2023

Male mechanic servicing the disc brake on a car

Your vehicle’s brakes are arguably the most important component of your car. They ensure you can slow down efficiently and maintain full control of the vehicle at all times.

As a result, it pays to always be aware of the early signs of brake failure, while regular maintenance is key to your brakes performing as they should.

What are the signs to look out for?

Tell-tale signs that your brake pads may be in need of replacement include a metallic or squealing/screeching sound when braking, as well as less responsiveness to the brake pedal.

Generally, brake pads will last between 30,000-35,000 miles. However, this figure will depend on the amount and style of driving, as persistent heavy braking will wear them out faster. As such, it’s important to have their condition assessed annually.

Meanwhile, vibrations under braking or a pulsing of the brake pedal can also be a sign that your vehicle’s brakes have become warped – meaning the surface of the brake pad is not contacting the brake drum evenly.

This issue can arise when the brakes overheat, so avoid constant heavy braking when possible and always allow time for your brakes to cool in order to prolong their life.

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