The brake pads are an essential part of your car’s braking system. Without them, it’s impossible to operate your vehicle safely or efficiently. As such, it’s crucial to know not only that brake pads are subject to everyday wear and tear, but also when they ultimately need to be replaced.

How often should you worry about VW brake pad replacement? On average, brake pads last 40,000 to 50,000 miles. If you keep up with routine service appointments, your VW technician will keep an eye on your brake pads and let you know when they’re in need of replacement.

Signs You Need VW Brake Pad Replacement

There are a few specific indicators that your VW brake pads are worn down and need to be replaced.

  1. Your brakes are making a squeaking or squealing sound.  Keep your ears open, as squeaking and squealing sounds are usually the first indicators that your brake pads are near the end of their useful life.
  2. Your brakes make a loud, grinding noise. This means you’ve worn down the brake pads to the lowest point, and you need to make a service appointment ASAP to ensure the safety of your vehicle.
  3. You notice vibrations when you brake. This could mean warped rotors, which can in turn cause uneven wear to your brake pads. Again, the answer is to schedule a service appointment soon.
  4. Your brakes lack responsiveness. If it takes your vehicle longer to come to a full stop, that’s a sure sign that your braking system is strained and needs to be evaluated by a trained technician.
  5. Your brake pad lights come on. Some modern vehicles come with brake pad indicator lights, which will let you know when it’s time to schedule a service appointment.

If you notice any one of these symptoms, that’s your cue to schedule Volkswagen maintenance at our service center.

Schedule NJ Volkswagen Maintenance Today

Your brake pads don’t just keep you safe; they also protect the drivers you’re sharing the road with. Whenever you need someone to take a look at your VW brake pads, reach out to Jack Daniels Volkswagen and make an appointment with our service center.