Keeping your Kia Sportage’s brakes in top working order is an essential part of making sure you, your passengers and others who share the road stay safe and unharmed. When your brakes are worn down, they don’t respond as quickly - and that makes it much more difficult to stop, slow down or otherwise handle your Sportage. Maintaining brake “health” isn’t hard; it just takes a little know-how. Here are the top three ways to tell if your Kia Sportage brake pads need to be replaced - or at least evaluated:
- Your brake light is on. This one’s a no-brainer: if your brake lights come on, it’s your car’s way of telling you they need to be checked by a mechanic - even if the light goes off again.
- Your brakes feel “soft” or they’re not as responsive as they used to be. When you depress your brake pedal while driving, the pedal should feel firm and solid. If there’s some bounce or “sponginess,” it’s a very good sign some part of your braking system needs to be replaced. Likewise, if you need to press more firmly with the pedal, or if your brakes don’t seem to “grab” or “hold” as readily.
- Your brakes are making noises. This is one of the more classic signs of worn brake pads, but if you’re running your air conditioner or playing music, it can be easy to miss. Your Sportage brakes are designed to make a high-pitched noise when they begin to wear, and that noise becomes louder - and more like a scraping sound - as the wear continues. You may hear this noise even when you’re not braking.
If your brakes are showing signs of wear, make an appointment to have them evaluated right away. Not only are bad brakes a serious safety issue but delaying maintenance can result in more damage and a much costlier repair.