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5 Signs Your Front Brake Shoes Need Replacing

Every car has brake shoes, also called brake pads, on both the front and back end of the vehicle. As the front brake shoes perform 75 percent of braking, they tend to wear down and need replacing long before the back ones do. These brake shoes are crucial to your safety and the safety of your passengers and other drivers on the road, so knowing when to replace them is a must for any driver.

Do your front brake shoes need replacing? Here are five signs to watch out for:

1.     Vibrating – When you put your foot on the brake, do you feel a slight vibration or pulsing? This typically means your brake shoes are worn down or warped due to heat. They may need replacement.

2.     Screeching – If you hear a high-pitched screech or squeal when you brake, that means metal is scraping metal, a sure sign that your brake pads are no longer working properly. You'll want to get them checked out as soon as possible, before they pose a hazard.

3.     Clicking or rattling – Clicking or rattling noises when you push your brakes is never a good sign. It usually means the brake shoes are no longer thick enough to properly support the system.

4.     Grinding – A grinding or growling sound can indicate your brake pad is completely worn down, allowing the discs and caliper to rub against each other. If left too long, this could require replacement of all brake components, not just the shoes.

5.     Pulling – Does your car pull to one side of the road while you're driving? Though this can mean a number of things (alignment, usually), it can also indicate that the front brake shoes have worn unevenly. Replacing them could be an easy fix.

You can also take a look under the car to investigate the system for yourself. If you see your shoes are less than a quarter-inch thick or spot deep grooves in the rotor, it could indicate a brake shoe issue.

Think you may need new front brake shoes? Then stop by a San Antonio Brake Works location today. Our brake specialists can help.