​Common Questions about Brake Wear

Unsurprisingly, your vehicle’s brake pads should always be in top working function. When your brakes are talking to you, you better listen!

Listen for the Signs of Brake Wear
If you hear a high pitched squealing sound when applying your brakes, this could be an indication you need to replace your brake pads. Your vehicle’s brakes are equipped with wear indicators designed to make that squealing sound. When you hear that noise, think of it as your brakes singing a sad song about being worn out. These indicators start to make noise when the brake pad material reaches approximately 2mm – or roughly the thickness of a nickel. 

Replacing Brake Pads & Rotors
It’s always best to have your brake pads replaced before they get too thin. But how long do brake pads typically last?

This can depend on a variety of factors:
  • Do you live in the city or in the country? 
  • Are you a heavy braker? 
  • Do you live near the ocean or in a sandy location? 

All of these factors can impact the life of your brake pads meaning their life can vary based on driving habits. There are really no hard and fast rules. However, if you’re hearing a lot of squealing or there’s pulsing when you press the brake pedal - go get your brake pads checked and remember the life of a brake pad can vary. When it does come time to replace your pads look no further than ACDelco. You’ll find a wide variety of brake pads in a range of classifications. 

While you’re checking your brake pads, you may want to check your brake rotors as well. Brake rotors also have a minimum thickness that will be stamped on the rotor. Generally, a rotor should not be any thinner than 28mm depending on the rotor type. Just like brake pads, when it comes time to replace your rotors, ACDelco has a wide selection to meet every need and budget. 

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