If you have ever hopped in the car and taken off for a drive, only to hear the loud and obnoxious noise that can come from brake pads when they are running low, you are likely well aware of just how much your car want you to know that you need new brake pads. If you do hear a loud noise when you get in the car to take a drive, you should check out your brake pads as soon as you can, because there is a very good chance that they need to be changed.
Pay Attention to Your Brake Pads
One of the great things about cars these days is the fact that almost all brake pads have a built in feature that makes them give off a loud and high pitch squeaking noise when they are getting low. This is a feature that is used to alert the driver to the fact that the brake pads are low and need to be replaced. If you do hear this type of squeaking when you start your car and decide to keep driving, you are not going to do any major damage to the car, but it is not going to be pleasant driving your car. The brake pads are designed to still have a little bit of life left in them when they start to squeak, giving the driver ample time to get to the shop to get them changed. The only thing that is going to happen if a driver decides not to get their brake pads fixed right away is that they are going to be making quite a lot of noise.
Replacing the Brake Pads
Keep in mind, if you do come to find out that your brake pads need to be changed, you should take your car into the shop as soon as you can and have them fixed, not only because the car is making an annoying squeaking noise. The brake pads are there for safety and if they are running low, you may not have the stopping power that you may think you have. This can put you and your vehicle in a very precarious position, if you do try to stop quickly for any reason while you are out on the road. Before running into any major problems, the best thing you can do is find an auto shop that you can take your car into. They will be able to take a look at the brake pads and replace them, although you may want to get the rest of your car, including your actual brakes checked out while you are at the shop. One of the things that people tend to avoid, which can end up saving a lot of money in the long run, is preventative maintenance for their vehicles. If you are already at the shop for any reason, you may also want them to check on your brake pads. If the mechanic finds that the brake pads that are currently on your vehicle are running very low, but have not started squeaking yet, you may want to have them change them anyway.