Signs It's Time To Replace Your Brake Pads

Date: April 02, 2024

Usually, your car's brake pads need replacing every 25,000 to 65,000 miles, with rotors typically swapped out between 30,000 and 70,000 miles. However, these numbers can vary due to factors like terrain, weather, and driving style. Replacement of brake pads can lead to various issues with braking performance, including decreased stopping ability and increased noise or vibration during deceleration. Here are the indications that indicate it's time for new brake pads. 

Loud, Screeching Sound

If you hear a loud screeching noise when you press the brake pedal, don't worry. It does not mean your brakes will fail right away. The screeching comes from a small piece of metal built into the brake pads. This metal is there to warn you that the brake pads are getting very thin and must be replaced soon. So if you hear this loud screeching noise from your wheels, you should make an appointment to replace the brake pads.

Slow Stopping

Sometimes, when you have to stop the car suddenly, you may feel like the brakes are not working as quickly as they should, or they seem to be working less effectively than they should. This may indicate that there is a leak in your car's braking system. It may occur as a result of you having pressed the brake pedal for too long without fully stopping the vehicle. The friction of the brake pads and rotors getting too close for too long will eventually cause them to overheat. When the brakes are overheated, they are less effective, and the car needs to go for longer distances to come to a stop.

Brake Pedal Vibration

Properly functioning brakes guarantee that your car will stop smoothly. However, if your car’s brake pads are worn or the rotors are damaged, they will cause a shaking sensation when you apply the brakes. If the car shakes along with the steering wheel or the steering wheel vibrates when you press the brake pedal but this stops when you release the pedal, the brakes need repair.

Brakes Too Sensitive Or Poorly Braking

Sometimes your brakes may appear too sensitive. The braking system works in such a way that when you press the brake pedal, even lightly, the car stops very suddenly. This could be the case if the rotors (which the brake pads are pressing on) are unevenly worn down. Either way, you might be able to fill the brake fluid, or it could be that you need to replace it. Whether it is time to replace your engine or to fix the radiator, make sure you have your car checked.

On the other hand, if you have to push the brake pedal almost down to the floor before the brakes start working, that is also a problem. It might mean there is air in the brake fluid, not enough brake fluid, or the brake pads are too thin. It could also mean there is an issue with the hydraulic brake system. You should take your car to a mechanic right away to find and fix the problem.

Puddle in the Driveway

Yet another way to know whether or not your brake fluid system has a leakage is to look under your parked car. With passing time, the car being idle you could notice a small puddle of fluid under it. If the liquid gets visually identical to engine oil, but slightly thinner and has no slimy feeling, it could be a brake fluid leak.

Checking for Wear

One of the ways to identify whether your brake pads require to be changed is by the visual examination of the pads. You can easily check the brake pads because the spokes of your wheels are just enough to form spaces between them. The pads are finally in contact with the metal rotor blades. When this is the case, that is, when the pads look as thin as less than about a quarter inch, it is likely that they need to be checked out or replaced.

Car Pulls to One Side When Braking

Does your car seem to get pulled or pulled to one side when you press the brake pedal? If so, this could mean the brake lining (brake pads) is wearing down unevenly on one side compared to the other. It may need to be adjusted. The pulling could also be caused by something stuck in the brake fluid that shouldn't be there. In that case, you'll need to have the brake fluid drained and replaced with new fluid.

Popular brake pad brands we offer 

At Fasttrack Emarat, we provide car brake repair services for a wide range of vehicle brands and models throughout the UAE. Our expertise covers numerous car models, including.

Honda:

  • OEM-approved semi-metallic and ceramic brake pads
  • Designed for smooth, quiet operation and long life
  • Match Honda's brake system specifications

Jeep:

  • Severe-duty brake pads for off-road and towing use
  • Semi-metallic formulas for a strong bite and fade resistance
  • Engineered for Jeep's robust 4x4 brake systems

Ford:

  • OEM brake pads for precise fit and function
  • Ceramic and semi-metallic options available
  • Match Ford's friction and wear specifications

Lexus:

  • Premium, low-dust ceramic brake pads
  • Engineered for luxury vehicle noise and vibration-damping
  • Smooth, consistent braking performance

Toyota:

  • OEM Toyota brake pads in semi-metallic and ceramic
  • Designed for reliable stopping power in all conditions
  • Excellent heat dissipation and thermal stability

Infiniti:

  • Semi-metallic pads for strong initial bite
  • Quiet operation and low dusting
  • Match Infiniti's high-performance braking

Nissan:

  • Value-priced OEM replacement pads
  • Semi-metallic formulas for daily driving
  • Nissanspecific friction and wear characteristics

Kia:

  • Semi-metallic and ceramic options
  • Match the original Kia brake pad performance
  • Reliable braking for normal driving conditions

Dodge:

  • Semi-metallic formulas for a strong bite
  • Engineered for Dodge's robust truck/SUV brake systems
  • Good thermal capacity for towing/hauling

Mercedes-Benz:

  • Premium low-metallic NAO brake pad compounds
  • Ultra-low brake dust for cleaner wheels
  • Superior fade resistance and modulation

Audi:

  • Semi-metallic and ceramic pads are available
  • Match Audi's high-performance requirements
  • Low dust for luxury vehicle standards

BMW:

  • High-performance semi-metallic and ceramic pads
  • Engineered for BMW's precise brake response
  • Compounds optimized for sport driving dynamics

Get Your Brakes Serviced at Fasttrack

To avoid driving with worn-out brake pads, drive carefully and avoid habits that can damage the brakes. Good driving habits can keep your brakes and the rest of your car in good condition for longer. Also, make sure to get regular maintenance done on your car. Brake checks, oil changes, and other routine services are much more affordable than major repairs.


Fasttrack Emarat offers reliable and affordable brake services in Dubai, UAE, ensuring your vehicle's safety. Our comprehensive brake services include replacing brake pads, servicing brake shoes, and repairing the entire brake system. We provide a complete service package to meet all your automotive needs. Fasttrack Emarat is a top service centre for brake services in the UAE. We offer exclusive deals and discounts, making our services more affordable than others. You can get your car's brakes repaired with genuine parts at lower prices. For brake service in the UAE, please call us.