4 Things That Can Happen When You Use Worn Brakes

May. 07, 21

4 Things That Can Happen When You Use Worn Brakes

There is nothing more embarrassing than braking loudly at a red light. Although worn brake pads are annoying, they can also have more serious side effects than attracting everyone's attention at the intersection! Here are four things that can happen when you use worn brakes.

1. You may damage the brake rotor and calipers.

The brake of a car is a system closely connected by moving parts. When one part is damaged, the wear will spread to other parts.

For example, when your car brake pads wear more than a certain point, you can risk damaging the brake rotor. When you brake, the brake pads squeeze the rotor to stop your car. However, when the protective pad is excessively worn, the exposed metal on the protective pad will grind the rotor every time it breaks, causing grinding noise, which may damage the rotor.

In addition, the metal-on-metal grinding heat generated when worn tiles squeeze the rotor can also cause the rotor to bend and break. Generally speaking, the life of the brake rotor is longer than that of the brake pad. However, not replacing the brake pads will damage these components and require more frequent repairs.

Replacing your brake pads and checking your brake system regularly can help you get the maximum service life of all components and avoid expensive and preventable brake repairs.

2. Your brakes may react slowly.

The more your brakes are worn, the harder it is for them to slow down and stop (depending on how worn the brake pads are). If you think your brakes are worn out, you must pay attention to their reaction time. If you are driving a worn glass brake, you may feel that you have to press the brake pedal harder to stop.

Other side effects of driving on glass brakes include longer stopping distances, brake slippage, and your car pulling to the side when you brake. The latter can happen when the brake pads do not engage or disengage from the rotor design, and the brake pads cannot grasp both sides consistently, causing drift or slippage when you brake.

3. Your car vibrates when braking.

When your braking system is in good working condition, your vehicle should be able to brake smoothly. But when the brake pads are excessively worn or the brake pad rotor is damaged, they will bring vibration to your car. If the car vibrates or the steering wheel vibrates when you brake, and the car stops when you release the brake pedal, it is probably time to fix your brakes.

4. It will wear out your tires.

Believe it or not, driving with worn brakes will also wear your tires! When you drive with worn brake pads, rotors, or calipers, you may find yourself slamming the brake pedal more frequently to slow or stop the car.

All these tough brakes will wear your tires faster or cause them to become unbalanced, resulting in uneven tire wear. Taking care of your brakes also means taking care of your tires!

Bottom line: don't drive with the brakes worn

So, can you drive with worn brake pads? Technically speaking, yes. Should you? Absolutely not-especially if they wear excessively or unevenly. When you need to replace your brake pads and regularly maintain your brake system, you can help extend the life of individual brake system components, support brake safety, and even improve your overall driving experience!

A simple brake check can help avoid more vehicle problems, but it is estimated that 25% of drivers on the road use worn brakes!

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