Vehicle Brake Pads: A Quick Guide

A brake pad is a thin block that presses onto the brake rotor , creating friction in order to make a vehicle go slower or stop. Brake pads of different materials are available, including ceramic, metallic, and organic.

Maintaining the brake pads is very important. Without their proper maintenance or replacements, the vehicle cannot be stopped effectively or safely, putting the driver and passengers at risk. Here are some things you need to know about the brake pads of your vehicle.

If you hear screeching or grinding noises on applying brakes, it means that your brake pads are worn out. Change them immediately to avoid accidents.

Screeching Or Grinding Noises

If your vehicle is taking longer to come to a full stop on applying the brakes, the pads might have been worn out, and need to be replaced immediately.

Reduced Response Time

If your vehicle makes vibrations while applying brakes, its a sign that the brake pads are worn down. This requires immediate attention.

Vibrations In The Brake Pedal

Some vehicles have sensors that allow us to see the status of the brake pads.  The warning light on the dashboard is an indication that the pads are nearing replacement.

Warning Lights

Brake pads are usually to be replaced after 50,000-70,000 kilometers. This depends on their material, and your driving style. A mechanic inspection of the brake pads every six months or 10,000 kilometers, is a good practice.

How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

You can either change your brake pads by yourself or consult a professional mechanic

How To Change Brake Pads?

While the DIY method is cost-saving and convenient, it's also risky and time consuming.

DIY Could Be Risky!

When you give it to a professional, he is able to work with his expertise and is also time-saving. The cons of this method are the cost and the scheduling of the repair session.

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