Out of sight, out of mind. Until you suddenly hear the squealing sound.It's your brake pads, and they're crying to be changed.
As with the other components of your car, maintenance is the key to having brakes that do their job, which is a pretty important one, considering that if they go out - and they can - you're putting yourself, and your passengers, in real danger.
So when that squeaking sound beckons, take heed. It's time to have your brake pads changed. There are two ways to check for brake wear on disc brakes, according to J.D. Power. The first is by looking at your brake pads through the spaces between the wheel's spokes. The outside pad will be pressed against a metal rotor, and there should be at least 1/4 inch of pad. If there's less, have your mechanic install new pads.
The second way you'll know your brakes are near the end of their lives is that familiar squeal they will all of the sudden start
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