Brake pads typically wear gradually, so for some it may be difficult to readily notice a decline in performance. Below are some common signs you should look out for, as they can signal that your brake system needs repair/replacement.
High-pitched squeal: Many brake pads have a "wear indicator" that emits an audible warning when time for replacement.
Grinding Noise: Metal-on-metal noise can be caused by the backing plate grinding against rotors, due to worn brake pads.
Brake Pad Thickness: Generally, if pads are less than 2-3mm thick, they likely need to be replaced. And if less than 4-5mm, they are nearing replacement.
Pulling: If your car feels like it "pulls" to one side when braking, this can be caused by brake pads wearing unevenly, dirty brake fluid, a collapsed brake hose, or a stuck caliper.
Vibration/Pulsation: If your brake pedal feels like it's vibrating or pulsing when braking, this can be caused by unevenly worn rotors. Pedal Responsiveness: If your brake pedal is not as responsive as it once was, or it feels soft/mushy, this may signal a problem in the brake fluid system.
Kia of East Syracuse understands there is nothing more important than your safety. For peace-of-mind, visit our dealership for a brake inspection by our factory-trained Kia technicians.
- We will check pads and discs for wear, and calipers for fluid leakage.
- We will check brake hoses and lines for chafing, cracks, deterioration, and any leakage.
- We use Genuine Kia Parts, including brake calipers, pads, and rotors.