You can damage the brake rotors and calipers
1. Your car’s brakes are a closely-connected system
of moving parts, and when one component is damaged, the wear can trickle down into other components.
For example, when your brake pads wear down past a certain point, you can risk damaging the brake rotors. When you brake, the brake pads squeeze the rotor to stop your car. However, when the pads are excessively worn, exposed metal on the pads grinds against the rotors every time you brake, producing a grinding noise and likely damaging the rotors.
Additionally, the heat generated from the metal-on-metal grinding that happens when worn pads squeeze the rotor can also warp and crack the rotor. Typically, brake rotors outlast the brake pads. However, not getting your brake pads replaced can damage these parts, requiring more frequent repairs.
Getting your brake pads changed and your brake system inspected regularly can help you get the most life out of all its parts and avoid expensive and preventable brake repairs.
The first step to rectify these problems is to machine the friction surface of the rotor thus returning the contact surface to its original state. By doing this you give your new pads the best possible opportunity to “bed in” correctly and provide you with the most effective brakes.
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Your brakes may have a slow response time
2. The more worn down your brakes become
the harder it can be for them to slow and stop your vehicle (depending on how the pad wears). If you think your brakes are worn, it’s essential to pay attention to their response time. If you’re driving with worn brakes that are glazed, it may feel like you have to push the brake pedal down harder to stop.
Other side effects of driving on glazed brakes include longer stopping distances, brake slipping, and your car pulling to one side when you brake. The latter can occur when the brake pads do not engage or disengage the rotor as designed, and the pads aren’t able to grip both sides uniformly, causing drifting or slipping when you brake.
Manufacturers offer a wide range for the effective “life” of their brake pads, typically between 40,000 and 65,000 kilometres. But the way you drive will have a big impact on brake pad wear. If you want to get the most life out of your brake pads revise your driving style.
Your car vibrates when braking
3. When your brake system
is in good working order, your vehicle should brake smoothly. But when your brake pads are excessively worn or the brake rotors become damaged, they can send vibrations throughout your car. If the car shakes or the steering wheel vibrates when you brake and stops when you let off the brake pedal, there’s a good chance it’s time to have your brakes serviced.
It can wear down your tyres
4. Believe it or not, driving with worn down brakes can actually wear your tyres down, too! When you drive with worn out brake pads, rotors, or calipers, you may find yourself slamming on the brake pedal more often to slow or stop the car.
All this hard braking can wear your tyres down quicker or cause them to become unbalanced, leading to uneven tyre wear. Taking care of your brakes also means taking care of your tyres!