Hoffman Honda Maintenance Tips: Brake Pads

Brake Pads: Warning Signs, What to Change, When to Change—Let Us Answer Your Questions!

We all know your brakes are important, but it's not until something that goes wrong that most of us think about brake maintenance too carefully. Don't let it get that far, read up on these brake maintenance 101 tips here and learn to recognize early warning signs, when it might be time to get your brake pads checked, and when you might need to replace. Keeping you safely on the road is what we love to do here, so if you think your brakes could use a little TLC, schedule a service appointment with us and allow our talented Honda technicians to look at things for you.

Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Wear:

Generally, your brake pads will be the first part to experience wear and tear that requires replacement. Some warning signs that it's time to give your brake pads a look and/or replace them include sounds like clicking, grinding, or squeaking. Sometimes these noises can have innocent causes, like having a pebble stuck between the brake pad and disc, but it's better to be safe than sorry, so if you're unsure, get it checked out! Some vehicles have electronic brake wear sensors or anti-lock brake systems (ABS), so sometimes you'll be warned by an illuminated dashboard light. Additionally, worm brake pads can sometimes feel spongy when you press on the brake pedal. This can indicate wear but it can also indicate a need to replace brake fluid.

When to Get Your Brakes Checked:

If you feel, see, or hear any of the above warning signs, it's a good time to get your brakes checked—it just might be time to replace the pads. Otherwise, following the manufacturer's recommended maintenance guidelines allows you to stay on top of your vehicle's brake maintenance schedule.

If it's time to get some service and maintenance on your Honda vehicle, schedule an appointment with our dedicated service center and get back on the road with the confidence of professional Honda service from our team here at your local West Simsbury, CT dealership, Hoffman Honda.