Your vehicle’s brake system comprises a number of components that all play a critical role in ensuring your safety and that of your passengers. Brake pads press against rotors to create friction that slows down your Audi. Since they’re a contact wear item, brake pads suffer wear and tear and need replacement from time to time.
Signs your Audi needs brake pads replacement
Since brake pads are just one of the several components that make up the brake system, identifying the symptoms of worn or damaged brake pads can be tricky. Here are common signs to help you figure out that brake pads might be the problem:
If you hear a grinding noise anytime you press the brakes, it’s likely because the brake pads are worn out. These strange noises are produced when metal scrape against metal between the brake pad backing plate and the rotor.
Your Audi’s brake system has a dedicated warning light on the dashboard that illuminates whenever there’s a serious problem with the brake system. The warning light doesn’t always mean bad brake pads as it could mean other things like low brake fluid. It’s best to have a mechanic inspect your Audi when the brake warning light pops on.
Pressing your foot down the brake pedal should be a seamless experience. If your Audi vibrates or shakes violently any time you press brakes, something is wrong with the brake system and you arrange for a visit to your local auto repair shop.
All of the symptoms listed above indicate need for a professional brake inspection. These symptoms, while often associated with worn out brake pads, can be triggered by other brake system problems. At Toole’s Garage in Valley Springs we can test your brake system, including brake pads thickness measurement – the only way to be certain that the brake pads are worn down to the point of needing to be replaced. Whatever problems we identify, our nationally ASE certified technicians will get your Audi’s brakes repaired, and get your vehicle roadworthy again.
All repairs performed at Toole’s Garage in Valley Springs come with 36 months / 36,000 miles warranty. So if your Audi needs new brake pads, or you feel any unease about the brake system, call us and make an appointment.