The brake pads of your Dodge Durango are important parts of the SUVS's braking system. If you are using your vehicle almost every day, then these brake pads will eventually wear down because of constant use. It is critical to know the condition of the brake pads because good braking is the best protection against accidents. To help you determine how your brake pads are, here's a list of some the common symptoms:
When the brake pads of your SUV are already worn-out, you will hear a sharp, squealing noise every time you step on the brake pedal. This means that the pad is getting thin, and its metal portion is already making contact with the rotor. Although the metal-to-metal noise you hear is sufficient enough to show its wear, you can also check the brake pads' wear indicator. Don't let this problem worsen and find new replacement pads immediately.
If you experience slow stopping when pressing on the brake pedal, then it could lead to a worn-out or uneven brake pads. There's probably a foreign object stuck between the pad and rotor that causes a grinding feel. If that foreign object is not removed immediately, it will cause uneven wear to the brake pad because it prevents the entire surface of the pads to rub efficiently with the rotor. Inspect the brake pads and the rotor once you feel slow braking, and check if the brakes pads can still be machined or needs to be replaced.
As you begin to step on the brakes and then suddenly you feel that the brake pedal is too low, the problem might come from the worn brake pads. The thinning of the brake pads may have caused a deeper step on the brake pedal because the pads can't make contact with the rotor. Although it can also be caused by a contaminated or inadequate brake fluid, you should still inspect the condition of the brake pads to be certain.
Since the brake pads work along with the rotor, then you should also check the condition of the rotor as well because it may cause the brake pads to fail. One problem a rotor can cause is brake vibration. Check for deep, circular lines on the brake rotor that can be visible if it is already wearing down.