Brake Pad Warning Signs

brakepadsA car that won’t start is a major inconvenience; a car that won’t stop is a death machine. It’s important to maintain the health of your brake system for the safety of you and those around you. There are some warning signs to look out for that will alert you when your brake pads need to be looked at. Here’s a basic overview:


High-pitched squealing noise:

All modern brake systems contain a metal plate, called an indicator, which emits a high-pitched squealing noise when the brake pads are worn. This sound can be heard even when the windows are closed. If you tend to blast music the entirety of your car ride, make a note to turn it down a couple minutes every once in a while; listening to your car run can be a great way to assess its health.

Harsh grinding sound:

This is what happens when you ignore your indicator for too long; at this point your brake pads have completely worn off. Once you hear this sound, cease regular driving immediately and take your car into the shop.

Steering wheel pulls to one side:

This can have a few potential causes; two of which are unevenly worn brake pads and something foreign in your braking fluid. Your local auto-shop will be able to identify what needs to be repaired/replaced.

Excessive brake dust:

As your brake pads wear down, shavings of black, grimy dust make their way onto your wheel. If you see this build up quickly over a short period of time, then your brake pads are wearing out fast.

Any of these signs are a good indication that you need to take your vehicle in for inspection. Here at LA NTX Transmissions, we offer brake repair alongside a host of other auto-related services. For more information, please give us a call at (310) 672-8131.