When you’re driving against the elements, the last thing you want is your brakes to go out on you. With the new 2020 Kia Forte, you can drive carefree for a long period of time, but eventually, your brake pads will start to wear. Today, our dealers at Jake Sweeney Kia want to give you some pointers on how to identify a worn-down brake pad, so you know when exactly to fix the problem.  

Brake pad inspections are usually part and parcel of every regular scheduled maintenance appointment, but in-between that time, rigorous driving can wreak havoc on your brake pads, causing them to wear out prematurely. If this happens, you’ll either hear a “nails on chalkboard” type of sound when you hit the brakes, which means your pads are beginning to rub away as they press into the rotors. If left unaddressed, this problem could cause serious issues and even require you to repair your rotors and calipers, which are quite costly to replace.  

On the other hand, if you want to look at your brake pad, all you’d need to do is grab a pencil to realize how much pad is left. If the pad is thicker than the pencil, then it’s greater than a quarter-inch, but if it’s below the pencil, you’ll need to replace your brake pads.  

If you notice that your brake pad height is low, then you need to come to our Kia service center at Jake Sweeney Kia. Our expert technicians use nothing but the best Kia-authorized original equipment manufacturer parts for an exact fit and proper lifespan every time. Come in today to take advantage of our special offers and keep your Kia on the right track.