Brake Pads Replacement

Nothing is more important than your brakes when it comes to keeping you safe on the road. They not only keep you safe, but they also keep everyone around you safe. Best of all, they are not expensive to replace, and if you notice the danger signs that your brake pads need to be replaced, you could save yourself thousands of dollars over the life of your vehicle.

What Exactly Are Brake Pads?

Brake pads are an essential component of your vehicle’s braking system, and they play an essential role in bringing your vehicle to a complete stop when you push the brake pedal. When you apply pressure to the brake pedal, the brake pads come into contact with the brake disc. This creates friction and prevents the wheels from turning.

As you might expect, a car’s wheels can rotate extremely quickly, and bringing a heavy vehicle to a stop with friction puts stress on the brake pads, causing them to wear down over time. Your driving frequency and driving style determine the rate at which your brake pads wear out. If you go through heavy traffic daily and often use your brakes or have a hard braking style, you will need to replace your brake pads more often than someone who drives mainly in the countryside or only occasionally.

In General, How Often Should Brake Pads Be Replaced?

Your owner’s manual will tell you how frequently you should change your brake pads, but make it a habit to have your mechanic check them every time you take the wheels off (for getting a tire rotation, changing a tire or for example). They can tell if your brake pads need to be replaced by inspecting the condition and thickness of the brake pads.

Your driving habits almost entirely determine the rate at which your brake pads wear out. You should get between 25,000 and 65,000 miles from a new set as a general rule.

What Are Some Signs That It’s Time For New Brake Pads?

Wear indicators are incorporated into brake pads. When the friction material in the brake pad wears down, this soft piece of metal rubs against the brake rotor. When the wear indicator makes contact with the brake rotor, a high-pitched screech or squeal will be heard, indicating that the brake pads need to be replaced.

  • Grinding or squealing noises when driving
  • The brake pedal sits lower to the floor than usual
  • Pulsations through the brake pedal
  • A screeching sound when the brakes are triggered

How Much Do Brake Pads Replacement Cost

The cost of replacing brake pads is dependent on the type of vehicle and whether or not additional maintenance is required. If your brake pads have worn past the indicator and you