People do not realize just how important it is to take care of their brake pads. Brake pads are a very small part of your braking system, it is the part that clamps down on the brake drum and reduces the rotation speed of the wheel, but this is also provides a buffer between the brake shoe and the drake drum. The pad itself is made of an almost sponge like foam but is a little sturdier, it reduces friction between the different brake components and does not let them directly come in too much contact with each other. The way the brake works is that the brake shoe will attempt to stop the spinning on the brake drum and without the brake pad a lot of friction would begin which would lead to a lot of wear and tear.
Excessive wear and tear would lead to the discs, clips, and rotors that go in to the braking system breaking apart and becoming useless, and so really damaging your wheels and your car. Getting your brake pad changed does not cost a lot and is a pretty simple change but not getting them changed can lead to a huge amount of money being spent on replacing the wheel and braking system of your car. You can easily get your brake pads changed at brake repair San Diego.
Now if you want to know how you can tell when it is time to change your brake pads, there are two very simple ways of knowing. The first is that screeching and squealing noises will be made whenever you try to brake since a sheet is added to the pads to make that noise when it gets old. Or you could visibly look at the pads and if they are smaller than a quarter inch, change them.