Avoiding the brakes on your car will only lead to expensive repair cost or no brakes at all. This can be avoided if you pay a little attention to the noises that come from your brakes when applied. You get used to certain noises coming from your car, so when a new noise appears it is time to pay attention and see where it is coming from. This can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Catching the problem early is key to a less expensive repair bill.
The most common noise coming from your brakes that will tell you it is time to have them inspected is a high pitched squeal when you apply the brakes. This sound comes from a small piece of metal in the brakes called an indicator that tells you your pads have worn down to the point it is time to have them changed. When your pads have worn down to where there is ¼ inch of brake pad left the metal piece will rub on the rotor creating a screeching noise similar to your fingernails running down a black board.
When having your brakes replaced it is a good idea to have the rotors inspected to see if they will need to be turned. This procedure will involve removing the rotor and having it turned down so the surface is smooth again. If you ignore this part your new brake pads will wear out twice as fast since they are not being applied to a smooth surface.
When choosing a good brake pad you can never go wrong with the original parts from the dealer. There are many after market brake pads that are just as good as the dealer, so it would be important to research the type of brake pad being used to assure you will be getting the best mileage out of your new brake pads.
By paying attention to your brakes and having your brakes serviced when you start to hear noises will always save you money in the long run. The longer you put if off the more it will cost you for the repair.