Finding Ways of Fixing Your Nissan Maxima Brake Pad Set
The thrill of speeding down the road on your Maxima will turn to terror if something goes wrong with your brakes pads. As a part of your brake system, they're supposed to help keep you safe by squeezing down on the rotors so that your car comes to a stop. But, when they start squealing loudly and if you find it hard to brake, then you know that you'll need to figure out how to troubleshoot your Nissan Maxima brake pad set before your next joyride.
Inspecting your brake pads
Regularly inspecting your brake pads and rotors can go a long way in preventing serious problems. But, even if you've realized this too late, you can still check up on them and prevent further wear and tear. What's more, you can do so without removing the wheels on your Maxima.
All you need to do is to peep underneath your car, through the spaces of your alloy wheels. If you see that your brake discs looks shiny from the inside to the outside with some slight lines and a fairly uniform appearance, then you don't need to do anything with them. But, if you' see that they're uneven with grooves and rough spots, then you need to replace them. Otherwise, your brake pads might conform their warped shape and make your braking more wobbly.
After this inspection, check your brake pads and ensure that they aren't too thin. If your pads are an eighth of an inch thick or less, then you'll need to replace them. Otherwise, they might warp your rotors. Just do this inspection once a year, and your Maxima should be fine.
Other signs of a brake pad problems
You can also tell that your brake pads are in need of replacing when you notice a few signs that point to some serious problems. First, if you see a huge amount of brake dust around your wheel well and on your tires, then it's a sign that your brake pads are wearing down faster than normal. Second, if you experience a lot of vibrations from your pads whenever you put your foot on the brake pedal, then your pads have become contaminated with oil. Finally, if you feel that your pads are soft and spongy, then it could be because they're overheating.