Brake pads are an essential component for your vehicle that keep you and the people around you safe while driving. They aren’t expensive to replace so it is important you know the signs that your brakes need replacing.
Types of brake pads:
There are a few different types of brake pads in the market and they all differ depending on performance requirements and price. The 2 most common brake pads are Semi-metallic and Ceramic
Semi-Metallic: Due to their mixture of metals, these brake pads are tough and last long. They are best suited for everyday driving and are popular among race car drivers.
Ceramic: These pads are dense and durable and produce low dust, however due to copper fibres, make them more expensive.
How do brake pads work?
Every car has a recommended type, size and shape of brake pad, which forms a part of the braking system. The brake pad itself has a backing plate and friction material that is attached to that plate. The friction material is the part of the pad that is pushed against the rotor. This is what
makes the car stop.
How often should they be replaced
Brake pads usually last from 30 000km to 50 000km, however can also depend on your driving style and environment. Make sure to check your vehicle manual as well as asking your mechanic to check them during your regular service.
Signs to know brake pads need replacing
- A screeching sound when the brakes are applied
- Grinding or squealing noises when driving
- Longer stopping distance
- Pulsations through the brake pedal
- Brake pads appear less than a ¼ inch thick