If you have a feeling that something might be wrong with your brakes, one common problem is that your brake pads may have become too thin. While the only way to pinpoint this for sure is to take your car in and have your brake pads examined, there are still warning signs that you can watch out for on your own. Since your breaks are one of the most crucial functioning parts of your car, it is very important that you make sure all aspects of them are in good working order. This article will discuss 3 signs that you may need new brake pads. 

You Hear A Screech When You Brake

A very common sign that your brake pads may be wearing down is a screeching noise when you brake. This is often a very high pitched squeal, and one that can easily be heard even with closed windows. This screeching tends to get worse and worse as your brake pads get more worn down, so this is something to listen for. This particular noise occurs because the brake pads are so thin, that they are hitting against the metal and screeching.

Your Brakes Pulse When You Push Them

If you notice that your brakes will pulse against your foot whenever you go to push on them, this may be another sign that they are worn down. The pulsating of your brakes is often caused by a warped rotor. This rotor may have become warped when the brakes were used for long periods of time, such as when going from a higher to lower elevation. Because the rotor is warped, the brake pad cannot evenly press against it, causing the pulse. If you notice this problem, it is a good idea to have both the rotor and the brake pads fixed. 

The Pads Are Visually Thin

If you have noticed one or both of the signs stated above, then you can visually look at your brake pads to see if they are thin. To do this, you can look through the spokes of your tires and visually inspect them. You will want to look for the pad and the rotor. The pad will be pressed tight against the rotor and you will want there to be about 1/4 of an inch of padding between them. If the padding looks to be any thinner than this, then it is probably time to go in and have your brake pads looked at and potentially replaced.