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Making sure your brake pads are working properly and replacing them when the time is right, you won’t just save money in the long run. It can also save your vehicle or even your life in an accident. But how do you know to replace your brake pads? What are brake pads for? Let’s look at the how‘s, what’s, and why’s of replacing your vehicles brake pads.
WHAT ARE BRAKE PADS?
Brake pads are a key part of your vehicle’s brake system; they are located between your brake shoe (which locks down, and slows the rotation of the tires) and your brake drum. Other elements of your vehicle, such as discs, rotors and calipers, will start to wear away without functioning brake pads. Maintaining effective brake pads is important to avoid high-price repairs and unsafe driving conditions. This is why it is important to know when to replace the old brake pads on your vehicle.
HOW LONG DO BRAKE PADS LAST?
Brake pads are generally thought to be good between 30,000 and 35,000 mile. However, the real answer to the life expectancy of brake pads varies from vehicle to vehicle and from driver to driver. For example, if you most often drive in urban areas or in heavy traffic, your brakes will be used more frequent than someone driving in rural areas or on highways. Some people also tend to “ride the brake”, which means they press and depress their brakes more than other drivers, making the brake pads wear faster. With a little attention and anticipation, you can easily know when to replace brake pads on your vehicle.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN BRAKE PADS WEAR DOWN?
You cause small amounts of wear and tear on your brake pads each time you brake your vehicle. Whether ceramic, organic and metallic pads, this friction causes small amounts of protective coating to wear away from the brake pad. This deterioration begins to increase over time: when your brake pads become thinner and thinner, they will eventually reach the point where they should be replaced. Here are some signs to find out when to replace brake pads: