The brake pads on your vehicle can last anywhere from 25,000 to 65,000 miles, depending on how often or how hard you need to use your brakes. You may notice signs that your brakes are not working like normal, and you will need to bring your car in for auto repair services to get your brakes inspected. A brake fluid leak can lead to a brake system failure, while noises coming from your brake pads when you press down on the brake pedal can indicate it's time to have your brake pads replaced. You may hear squealing noises when you deploy your brakes or notice that your brake pedal goes down much further than normal. 

Brake Fluid and Your Brake System

Brake fluid is also called hydraulic fluid, and without enough brake fluid, your brake system is not going to stop your vehicle. You can lose brake fluid over time because of a small leak, or you can lose all of your brake fluid suddenly if a brake fluid line brakes. You might feel your brakes shudder when you press down on your brake pedal if the brake fluid is low, or the pedal can go almost to the floor when you press down. Check your brake fluid levels to see if you need to add more to your system.

Grinding Noises and Your Brakes

Grinding noises coming from your brake system are never a good sign. As your brake pads wear down, eventually there is going to be metal grinding on metal. If you hear this sound, you need to get your brakes repaired immediately. If you try to drive around on brake pads that are worn off, you can cause damage to your rotors and you aren't going to have the ability to stop your car. Any strange noises coming from your brakes should be inspected right away to avoid further damage to your vehicle.

When Your Brakes Work Differently

You might be the only one that notices your brakes are different than normal. The pedal might go a little further, or the brakes may take longer to slow your vehicle down. Any changes to how your brakes are working should be investigated to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive.

The longevity of your brake pads varies widely, and this is why it's so important to pay attention to problems with your brakes no matter how old the brake pads are.

If you need new brakes or other auto repair services, contact a company like Powers Car Care Centers.