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Your car brakes are just as important as any other part or your car, but often they go on neglected for months or even years at a time. There are often misconceptions that new brake pads are too expensive, but the truth is, a car accident will cost much more.

There are a few ways to know when it’s time to get new brakes. actually gives two simple things to check to know when to replace your brakes:

They write,

“The first is visually.
If you see that the depth of the pad is less that 1/4 inch. You need to replace it, and soon! If you see that it’s less than 1/8 inch, there isn’t any time to waste as you are getting really close on damaging the rotor. You need to then do it ASAP! It’s not the same on every vehicle, but use it to help you along.

The second is by ear.
If you are hearing a screeching sound when you put your foot on the break. Not good. You are overdue for a reline. But, if it sounds more like scraping on metal, then I’m afraid you have damaged your rotors and you need to fix the brakes immediately otherwise you could cause major damage.”

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Still unsure? Come into Murray’s Auto Clinics to speak with an expert. Remember: when it comes to the thing that stops your 4000 pounds of speeding metal, it’s always better to be safe than sorry! Call today!

Got brake questions? Let us know with a comment or an e-mail and Murray himself will give you his expert advice!