When to change your brake pads
“Take a look at the brake fluid level in the reservoir, which drops as the pads wear”
It’s important that your front brake pads are examined whenever the car is serviced and replaced when necessary. Your pads may have a sensor that activates a dashboard warning light when the pad has worn down, but not all models have sensors, so take a look at the brake fluid level in the reservoir, which drops as the pads wear. Or jack up the car, remove a front wheel and examine the pads directly. Always check the rest of the brake system when replacing the pads - if the discs/rotors are in a poor condition consider replacing them. All cars are slightly different, so if it is time to change your front brake pads, use our before you begin checklist, and find your car for specific instructions.