Inside the wheels of every modern vehicle, there is a brake disk and a brake pad. The purpose of the brake pad is to prevent metal from grinding on metal allowing your brake system to keep on functioning for long periods without damage. Naturally, your brake pads will wear down. When they do, the metal surface they are mounted on will begin to bite into your brake disks.
When this starts to happen, you’ll hear the distinct metal on metal sound that tells you you’ve gone too long without having your brake pads changed. When this happens, you’ll need to either have your disks replaced or resurfaced. Resurfacing can be done when the damage to the disk is mild. If the disk is too far gone, however, it will need to be replaced.
Even if you do have your brake pads changed regularly and on time – before the brakes start to bite into your disks – eventually your disks will need to be replaced or resurfaced. Still, while brake pads are good at protecting your disks, over time – heat and friction will wear a disk unevenly. When this happens, it’s best to have your disks replaced or resurfaced to ensure your ability to come safely to a stop.
If your brake pads have been worn through, or if your disks have not been checked or serviced in three or more years, it’s best to have them checked as soon as possible to ensure dangerous conditions do not exist between the disk and the pad. Overly worn disks can go on working well enough for a long time. However, if there is significant damage, they can be subject to a sudden failure, which can be very dangerous, and your brake system is not something you want to gamble with.
Here at, LaFontaine Honda in Dearborn, Detroit, Taylor, and Westland, MI – our trained, certified mechanics know your brake system through and through. They’ll keep you on the road safely all year long. Call, stop by, or find us online today to learn more, and schedule your appointment.