Auto Maintenance Introduction: Tips For Beginners
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Auto Maintenance Introduction: Tips For Beginners

I grew up around cars my entire life and could turn a wrench around the same time I learned to walk. As a result, I've learned a lot about car maintenance, repair, and mechanics. I also learned that a lot of people don't have that level of understanding, so I wanted to share my skills and my knowledge with others. I've created this site to help teach people how to maintain their own cars safely so that they don't risk disaster on the road. I hope the information here helps you to take better care of your car and maybe make fewer trips to the local auto repair shop.

Auto Maintenance Introduction: Tips For Beginners

4 Signs Your Brake Pads Need To Be Replaced

Marc Vasquez

Your Nissan's brake pads play a significant role in your brake system. Your brake pads are necessary in order for you to stop effectively. Your brake pads will need to be changed numerous times over the life of your vehicle. Luckily, your brake pads will give you plenty of warnings that they need to be changed.

#1 Pedal Vibrations

One of the first things that you may notice is a change in your pedals. When you press on your brake pedal, you may feel the actual pedal shaking when you make contact with your pedals. Your brakes vibrate when your brake pads are so worn down that the resin on the pads is transferred to the rotors and can cause your brakes to overheat, which can cause the pedals to vibrate.

If your brake is vibrating or pulsing, the brake pad is worn down.

#2 Car Pulls

Second, when you drive and brake, your vehicle should stay straight. Your vehicle should not pull left or right when you brake. When your vehicle pulls to the left or the right, that is a sign that your vehicle's brakes may not be wearing down evenly. When your vehicle's brakes do not wear down evenly, the result is that your vehicle may pull to the left or the right. This can result in steering issues beyond the brake issues. Although worn out brake pads may not be the only reasons your car is pulling, there are other reasons your car may be pulling to one side.

#3 Long Stoppage Periods

Third, when you brake, your vehicle should come to a stop quickly and efficiently. Your vehicle should not take an extra-long time to brake. If your vehicle is taking longer to brake than it used to, that is a big issue. If you are not able to brake in the right time period, you could get into a serious accident. Taking too long to brake can be devastating and dangerous to you and other vehicles on the road.

#4 Strange Noises

Finally, your brakes may make some strange noises when the pads wear down. When your brakes start making a clicking sound, it may be because the brake pads are loose. One of the pins, bolts, or clips may have become loose and need to be tightened.

Your brakes may also make a squealing noise as well. This happens when the brake pads get worn down. There are wear indicators on the top of the brake pads that are designed to make noise when your brake pads start to wear down.

Pay attention to the signs your vehicle provides you with, and if you experience the signs above, you need to get your vehicle and your brakes serviced. For more information on Nissan repair, contact your local auto repair shop.