The brake system is one of the most important in cars, in urgent situations they can bring a car to an abrupt stop preventing it from colliding with obstacles or other cars. Thus the importance of an effective braking system cannot be underestimated. Components in this system that have a crucial role to play are called the brake pads. They apply pressure and create friction required to stop a moving car.
As one of the main functions of a car is moving from one point to the other, this then means that the brake pads will be constantly put to use as far as the car is operating and in motion. This article seeks to address how often brake pad needs replacement as well as signs of a worn brake pad.
How often should I replace my brake pad?
The frequency to which you need to replace your brake pads will be unique to the car; you’re driving and other factors. There is no set time for brake pad replacement because they are wear components that can be affected by several factors. Where you drive i.e. within the city or always traveling is one factor that can affect how a brake pad wears out. Cars driven regularly within a town tend to have brake pads that wear faster; this is because of the frequent usage of the brakes within the city as compared to when you are traveling.
Vehicle weight is also another factor that affects brake pad wear; you require more braking power to slow down or stop a heavier car and vice versa. Finally, the type of brake pad used can also determine how long it will last. All these factors taken into consideration can be used to estimate how frequent a brake pad needs replacement. However, it is advisable to always inspect your brake pad by a qualified mechanic or engineer after every 5,000 to 7,500 miles or at least twice a year. But if you hear any unfamiliar noise when braking and feel your brakes don’t function normally; please get your vehicle inspected immediately.
How to tell your brake pads are worn out
Some modern cars have wear sensors to detect when the brake pads are wearing out. But without sensors signs such as loud screeching when you step on the brakes, car pulling to one side, vibrations from brake pedal when you step on it, the reduced thickness of the brake pads, scratches on the brake disc etc are signs telling you that your brake pads are worn.
For best results that would save you time and money, it is best to trust the professionals when your brake pads are worn because we will always be able to help you with tasks that you are not familiar with.