Kia Optima: Disc Brake Wear Indicators - Brake System - Driving Your Vehicle - Kia Optima MS/Magentis 2000-2005 Owners ManualKia Optima: Disc Brake Wear Indicators

Your vehicle has disc brakes.

When your front brake pads are worn and its time for new pads, you will hear a high-pitched warning sound from your front brakes. You may hear this sound come and go or it may occur whenever you depress the brake pedal.

WARNING - Brake Wear WARNING - Brake Wear

This brake wear warning sound means your vehicle needs service. If you ignore this audible warning, you will eventually lose braking performance, which could lead to a serious accident.

✽ NOTICE

To avoid costly brake repairs, do not continue to drive with worn brake pads. Always replace brake pads or linings as a complete front or rear axle sets.

Please remember that some driving conditions or climates may cause a brake squeal when you first apply (or lightly apply) the brakes. This is normal and does not indicate a problem with your brakes.

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