How to Check Your Brake Pads

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Checking your brake pads regularly can prevent serious accidents. Check your brake pads with the advice of an automotive expert in this free video.

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Hi there. Jody DeVere from AskPatty.com, automotive advice for women. I'm here today at one of my certified female-friendly locations, Pawnee Hills Hyundai, to show you how to check your brake pads. Your brakes are one of the most important safety items on your vehicle, and checking your brakes on a regular basis, I recommend at every oil change. You can never over-check your brakes. This is the one item in your car that one: can cost you your life if it's not kept in repair, and two: can be a very expensive repair if you do not replace your brake pads before you damage the rotors. So, we're going to take a few couple steps here for a quick inspection that can keep you safe and save you some money. Okay, I'm here today with Javier, and he is actually going to help me show you how to inspect and measure your brake pads. Before we do that, I wanted to let you know that you can actually do a brake pad inspection on the outer brake pads without taking the wheel off like we've done, looking right through your wheel. But to do a thorough inspection of both pads, the inner and outer, we've actually taken the wheel off and we're actually going to take the guard off so we get a good look at the brake pads so you understand where the brake pads are and the measuring technique. Now, we're going to measure the width of the brake pad. Now you're going to be using a measuring tool... best if it measures 32nds of inches, but you can use a regular ruler, and what you're going to do is place it along the outer pad. And what you're looking for is the outer brake pad here, and brake pads need to be replaced around a quarter of an inch thick. When they get down to an eighth of an inch thick, you definitely need to replace them because you're in danger of damaging the components of your brake system. You want to measure the outer pad and the inner pad. Sometimes brake pads wear unevenly. This may be due to a stuck caliper. If you have that happen--and actually that could be different on each wheel--then you need to take your car in and have your calipers checked, because a stuck caliper can not only wear your brake pads, but hinder your braking capabilities. Jody DeVere, AskPatty, automotive advice for women. Just to wrap it up, it's very important to check your inner and outer brake pads on a regular basis. I recommend doing that at every oil change. Your brakes are the one item that's going to stop that car and it's important safety feature that you need to maintain. And check your owner's manual for the brake replacement interval recommended for your car. And that's being safe, smart, and car savvy.

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