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Re: What is the best way to check if brakes need changing
The best way to check if you need new pads is to take the wheel off and have a look see.
As long as there is plenty of meat left on the brake pads and the brake discs dont look overly worn (thin) and or gouged then you should be OK.
When brake pads are low the braking effiency of the car decreases and you'd notice it normally. Also if the brake pads are really low you would get an awful lot of squeaking from the brakes and or grinding as the metal in the brake pads contact the metal brake disc.
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