Brake pads are very important components of your car, your braking system in particular. It functions by absorbing heat and energy so that it can help you get the grip you need whenever you need to stop the car down the road. If you want to know when your Porsche brake pads need to be replaced, here is a list of signals to watch-out for.
You Hear an Unusual Sound Especially when Braking
Brake pads, as mentioned, are made to help you get that grip whenever you need to stop. Notice that your newer Porsche brake pads will not produce any screeching sound. When you hear your car braking literally as you stop, you have to take that as a sign that the pads need replacement. The reason why the brake pads produce such a sound can be attributed to the wear and tear of the component. At the worse, the noise can be bothersome, not just whenever you brake but whenever your car is in motion. The sounds are louder though when the brakes are used. Therefore, it is imperative to make sure that any unusual noise you hear will be attended to right away.
Pads Become Thinner than Usual
Brake pads are basically located between the car's wheel spokes. If you want to make sure that your pads are still good enough to take you to places then you have to check that part and see if they are still thick. Brake pads must at least be ¼ inch thick. If they are thinner than that then that is a sign that they need replacement.
They Have Accumulated Dust
Just like any other part of a vehicle, your brake pads can accumulate dirt and dust along the way especially if you have been using them for quite some time now. Dust accumulating in your brakes comes from metallic particles that will cause wearing off the surface. You have to take note that when your brake pads are already worn out, there is a greater tendency that they will give off lesser amount of dust. Suffice to say, that means that cleaner-looking wheels should be taken as a sign that the pads need replacement.
Steering Wheels Vibrate
There are a lot of reasons behind why steel wheels vibrate. One reason is because the rims are bent thus the tires need to be rotated. This can also be taken as a sign that there is an existing problem within your braking system. In case you notice vibration on the steering wheels only when brakes are applied, then that means there is something wrong with the braking system. You can start by inspecting your brake pads.
The Brake Pedal is Slow to Respond
There can be instances when you will feel that the brake pedals are either spongy or you need to press a little bit further on it than usual. This can be taken as a sign of the brake pads wearing out. You must inspect the brake pads right away when this is the case.
Something's Wrong with the Car Alignment
Have you ever driven down town and you feel like something is wrong when your car is in motion? Is it as if your car is pulling you to one side when in fact you should not be going on that corner, When this is the case, then something is wrong with the car alignment and the brake pads have to be replaced right away.
On top of all these signs, it is important to be better safe than sorry. Checking your Porsche brake pads every 12 months or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first, is important. You can also refer to your car manual.