Your braking system on your car, truck or SUV consists of several components that work together to slow your speed. The brake fluid lives in the master cylinder under the hood and when you press on the brake pedal, the fluid travels down brake lines and to each wheel where the brake pads press together on the wheel cylinder. When they are applied, your brake pads wear down a tiny bit from the friction of metal on metal and at some point in time, they will need replacing. When the brake pads become thinner from usage, they will not stop your vehicle as well as they should.
There are several signs to tell you that your brake pads are beginning to fail. Most new cars have electronics in the brake pads to turn on the warning light on your dashboard. You may also hear a high-pitched squealing noise when you apply your brakes or a grinding and scraping noise that indicates all the friction material on your brake pads is worn away. Your vehicle can vibrate or the brake pedal will pulse or your car could pull to one side when you put on the brakes.
As soon as you notice any signs of your brake pads beginning to fail you should have them replaced immediately. This is one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. Your brakes could fail altogether and cause you to have an accident, or your vehicle may pull hard to one side and cause you to wreck into someone in the next lane from you. Waiting to replace brake pads can also wear other parts that will need replacing at the same time.
You should only get brake pad replacement from a certified dealership, such as Jay Wolfe Toyota of West County. We carry a large inventory of brake pads and parts for fast service. Our technicians are certified and will offer a free multi-point inspection. You can visit us at any of our convenient locations in Baldwin, St. Louis or Chesterfield, MO. We have a state-of-the-art dealership and offer free Wi-Fi and Starbucks coffee for you to enjoy while relaxing in massage chairs and using our charging station. We can get your car in tiptop condition and get you back on the road safely in a short time.