When do you need to replace your brake pads?
The life expectancy of brake pads depends on the make and model of the vehicle, brake pads should last around 50,000 miles. However, this can be lower for some vehicles and may need to be replaced around 25,000 miles. Some brake pads could last up to 65,000 miles to 70,000 miles. Most owner’s manuals list a more accurate number. Brake disk condition should also be measured by the manufacturer’s minimum thickness.
How to know when you need new brakes, what are the warning signs?
There are a few signs to look out for when you may need new brake pads. An easy way to check is by looking at your brake pads, you can see your brake pads by looking in-between the spokes, or you can view them by turning the wheel to the opposite direction. Once you can see your brake pad you should be seeing at least ¼ of an inch of the brake pad. If there is less than ¼ inch of pad left we would recommend getting the brake pads replaced.
Another indication that your brake pads need replacing is if you hear a grinding noise coming from your brakes while braking. This noise is caused by the metal brake disc making contact with the bare metal caliper, which would otherwise be making contact with the brake pads. Causing the brakes to make the screeching/grinding sound.
A reduction in responsiveness can also be an indication of your brake pads being on the way out. However, a reduction in responsiveness could be due to a leak in the brake hose, if either problem occurs it’s important to get the brake pads or hose fixed as soon as you can.
Some of these signs could be that your rotors are worn, so do not be surprised if a mechanic says your rotors will need replacing. Brake rotors can last from about 30,000 miles to 70,000 miles, again depending on your vehicle make and model. Always double check your car’s manual.
How do I make my brake pads last longer?
You can make your brake pads last longer by not putting unnecessary pressure onto the brake pads, this can be achieved by not driving at high speeds while leaving a shorter braking distance. Braking suddenly puts a huge amount of pressure on the brake pads, leading to unnecessary wear.
Another method that can be used is coasting, this is when you take your foot off the acceleration while allowing the speed of the car to slow down, by reducing the car speed from 40mph to 20mph then braking can help your brakes in the long run. Driving and accelerating quickly and frantic braking can also reduce how long your brake pads last.
Walker Cutting break repair services
Walker Cutting can help you today with our brake repair services. We offer a high standard of brake repair services in Rotherham, with access to the latest bespoke Bosch equipment, our staff are fully trained to the latest Bosch standards, offering customers a high standard of service.