Brake Pad Replacement
Your braking system has a lot of components and it’s vital that they’re all working properly so that you can reduce speed and stop your car safely. Your braking components will wear out over time and so you’ll need to have them replaced; thankfully this isn’t expensive, but it’s still useful to find a reliable garage or mechanic to perform the work.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Your brake pads will make a characteristic noise when they’re worn – a squealing or screeching noise that persists even when you release the brake.
If you keep an eye on your milage, you should have an idea when the brakes might need checking. Watch out for the brake warning light in the dashboard, as well as any squealing noises when braking. If the car pulls to one side when your braking, it may be a sign that one pad is more worn than the other.
You have two brake lights on your dashboard. The ABS, or anti-lock braking system, light which might flash because there’s a sensor issue, or because there’s a leak or because the pads or discs need replacing. If there’s no noise coming from the brakes and your stopping distance is normal then you’ll probably be OK to head to the garage. If your ABS and brake warning lights are both on at the same time, you’re not safe to drive as there could be a serious fault.
Discs don’t need replacing as often as pads, but worn pads pressing against them will increase the rate of wear and tear so it’s important to replace the pads when they’re exhausted. Usually, brake discs last between 25,000 and 60,000 miles, depending on your driving style. If you do a lot of city driving and use your brakes a lot, you’ll find they wear out at around the 25,000 mile mark.
Brake fade is a temporary reduction or loss of brake power which is caused by a build-up of heat in the brake fluid. This stops the brakes from working properly, which can be dangerous. Brake fade can happen after a period of pressing the brakes a lot, such as driving down a steep hill.
Increased stopping distance is also an indication that you have brake fade, so you need to pull over as soon as possible and let the brakes cool down, and then consult your mechanic.
My brakes are squealing and need the pads changing, please help!
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More about your brakes
Your brakes work by absorbing the kinetic energy from the wheels and bringing the car to a stop. The energy is converted into heat, which is why your brake system gets very hot.
Your car’s braking system has the following components:
- The discs, which spin with your car’s wheels
- The pads, which push on the discs to slow the wheels
- The callipers, which hold and push the pads
- The lines, which carry the brake fluid, and
- The master cylinder and servo, which amplify the effects of applying the brake pedal.
If any of these components fail, it can cause serious problems so you’ll need to get repairs or replacements.
Signs of faulty pads and discs
There are several signs that your pads and discs are not operating properly. If your car is taking much longer to come to a stop, that is the most obvious indication there is a problem present.
There are a few signs that your brake pads and discs aren’t working properly, with an increase in braking distance being the main one. The other signs include:
- A burning smell
- A “spongy” feeling pedal
- A screeching noise or a grinding noise, and
- Pulling over to one side.
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