When it comes to any emergency situation, a quick reaction can make a world of difference as every second count. When it comes to driving and a sudden need of braking comes along, you just have to be super alert and have a perfectly functioning car brake. This is where quality brake pads help with the brake function of your car. They are the most necessary element of the brake system. That is why it is important that you get a frequent brake check-up to ensure that your car’s brake system is working fine.
Let’s talk about brake pads
Brake pads are a component of the car’s disc braking system. Brake pads are fitted with steel backing plates to provide the required friction and resistance to apply effective brakes on to a moving vehicle.
Brake pads are a very important component as they are pressed by the disc brakes against the brake rotors on the axle to create friction. If you are wondering what are brake rotors, they are the shiny metal discs that you can see behind the wheel.
As these rotors are attached to the axle of the vehicle, when they are pressed by the brake pads they slow down the rotating axle resulting in the slowing down of the car.
So when you press the brakes of the car the disc brakes presses the brake pads against the rotors. The harder you press the more friction it will produce.
The steel plates on the pads have a material on its surface that produced friction and because of the friction it produces, the coating on the steel-backed plates start to wear off.
You cannot control the wear of the brake pads and with time the brake pads will deteriorate and require replacement. All you can do is drive at a reasonable speed, keep your distance from other vehicles and apply brakes softly. Only go hard when the situation requires.
Once the brake pads start to receive damage, the brake system of your car will not work properly. The required friction will not be produced by the brakes and the vehicle will take a longer time to stop.
Keeping this in mind, your car brake pads require proper maintenance with time and replacement when they are no longer roadworthy.
Your brake pads go through the most stress compared to other components as they are the components that produce the friction against the vehicle axle to slow down the vehicle. Speed of the car and the weight on the vehicle adds more stress to the pads. So these brake pads wear out much earlier than any other elements.
That is why you need to have your care brake check-up every now and then so you can take the required action at the right time.
You can also check yourself if you need to replace your brake pads. We are going to list down some details through which you can identify the condition of your brake pads.
How to identify whether brake pads need replacement or not
Brake pads need proper maintenance and regular check-up so that you can ensure the proper functioning of the vehicle. Below are some indicators of damaged brake pads
Indicator lights on the car meter
Some vehicles have an indicator on the car meter that would light up once the brake pads are starting to wear thin. You can learn about that through the instruction manual of your car.
Car screeching or a squealing sound when you apply brakes
One of the most common indicators of failing brake pads is when your car starts making a screeching sound when you apply brakes. The sound is usually like tyre screeching, but a little faint.
This sound is the indication that your brake pads have gone out and you need to replace them ASAP.
This could happen because of two things, firstly, your brake pads have completely deteriorated and need replacing. Second, you have been driving your car in rain quite a lot and the steel plates on the pads have collected some moisture and have gotten rusty.
In the latter case, you just need to get your brake pads polished and placed again. They do not need any replacing.
Brake pads grinding against the disc
When the brake pads are completely gone they will start making a loud growling sound as though two metal pieces are getting rubbed against each other.
That is the sound of the brake pads getting rubbed against the brake pads and if this goes on longer, your brake disc might get damaged too and you would need to replace them both. Your expense would suddenly increase quite significantly.
Once this sound occurs, get your brake pads replaced the first thing you do.
Take a look
This might require some experience, but you can just take a look at the brake pads by looking at the wheel. If you think the brake pads have gotten thinner with time, you would be required to change them.
The time has come
Depending on the quality and the brand of the brakes most brake pads are only good for a year and half. That would also depend heavily on the way you drive and model of your car. Factors such as how much the car runs daily, the speed you drive at, the daily average weight in the car and how you apply brakes. Everything counts. Still, it is advised that you should change the brake pads after travelling somewhat around 25,000 to 30,000 miles.