Brake pads

Brake Pads: What they do and When to service!!!

“Changing in servicing your brake pads is a necessary part of vehicle maintenance. Typical pads can last anywhere from 25,000 to 65,000 miles, this is all dependent on how hard you press the pedal and again what type of material you are using.

What Are Brake Pads?

When should you get your brake pads serviced? What is the function of brake pads? What do they do; and how can maintaining them save you money? Brake Pads create friction and slow the rotation of the wheels. There are several materials used to create brake pads. Some are made of ceramic materials. Others are built out of composite materials. These materials have the longest lifespan and have the shortest stopping distance. They are more expensive but worth the investment in the long run.

Other materials that are used to create brake pads are what is called a semi-metallic pad. Semi metallics are generally used for heavier vehicles or for tow vehicles. All of these components require the most maintenance as they will see most of the workload for slowing and stopping your vehicle.

When should you service your brake pads?

Changing in servicing your brakes is a necessary part of vehicle maintenance. Typical pads can last anywhere from 25,000 to 65,000 miles, this is all dependent on how hard you press the pedal and again what type of material you are using. You may wanna keep an eye and ear out for any signs or sounds that your brakes need service. These signs and sounds can include griding, smoking, or wobbling in the steering wheel. Most vehicles have a warning system or light that will come on when any metal-to-metal contact is detected between the brake pads as well as the rotors. If you’re noticing sounds when you press on the pad you wanna get your vehicle in for immediate service.

Signs to watch out for:

  • High Pitch Noises
  • Grinding
  • Dark Fluid under the vehicle
  • More force needed to stop
  • Any Warning Lights on Dash
  • Shaking in the wheel when slowing

What a Typical Brake Pad Service looks like

Servicing your brake pads on regular occasions will save you money in the long run. This will save you time and also the frustration of other problems that can arise from having depleted or worn out pads. The rotor price for example is very high and if you want to prevent the metal from ever touching the service of your rotor or your drum maintain proper brake maintenance.

Full service includes the replacement of the pads and the shoes what also re servicing the face of the rotors. At times your calipers and brake fluid will need to be changed also but this is not required for every service. The entire service should take no longer than a few hours. This is all dependent on how many axles and pads are being changed. Jianzhi auto repair we also test the thickness of your rotor and compare this to your manufacturer’s recommendations before we even decide if your brakes need to be serviced or not.

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