Its very important you check your break pad more often to avoid incident of break failure. However you might not know how to check your break pad and often times ignore it because you think its difficult and stressful. There is an easy and effective way to check your break pad
1. Jack up your car. Find the jack point on the front of your car and place the jack under it. The jack point is usually right behind the front wheel. Pump the handle to raise your car’s wheel off the ground. Jack your car up on the side that you want to examine.If you’ve never used a jack on your car, get help from someone who has instead of doing it yourself.
2. Remove your wheel
Loosen and remove the bolts by turning them counterclockwise with a lug or torque wrench. Once the wheel is loose, pull it off the rotor. You should now see the brake rotor and caliper. The caliper is a metal piece that fits over your wheel’s disc.You can remove most tire bolts with a lug or torque wrench.
3 Locate the brake pads.
Look into the hole in the caliper to see your brake pads. They will look like two sheets of rubber pressed against each other. While your tire is off you can see both internal and external brake pads. Measure both sides of the brake pads.
4. Use a compass to measure the brake pads. Since it’s a small space, it may be difficult to measure the pads because they are deep within the caliper. In this case, use a compass to measure the width of each side of the brake pads. Position one prong of the compass on the left side of the pad and position the other prong on the right side of the pad. Measure the space in between the prongs on the compass to get a measurement for your brake pads.
5. Replace the pad if it’s under 1⁄4 inch (6.4 mm)-thick. If your brake pads are 1⁄4 inch (6.4 mm)-thick it means that they need to replaced soon. If they are 1⁄8 inch (3.2 mm)-thick or less, they need to be replaced immediately and could cause permanent damage to your rotors.