Brakes are one of
the most important parts of your vehicle and something that should always be
maintained. Without brakes, the safety of yourself and others around you would
be at risk. They are there to halt your vehicle, avoiding collisions and
accidents, allowing your vehicle to come to a stop, safely.
Keeping up with
your brake pads condition is crucial when it comes to the safety of yourself,
others in your vehicle and those on the road with you.
Brake pads usually
need to be replaced between 25,000-40,000 miles, this will ensure that you know
your brakes are always in good working order and condition. However, this can often
be shorter or longer.
consideration your everyday driving, as this will affect your brakes. If you mainly
drive within a city, you’re more likely to use your brakes than if you were
driving in the country. Therefore, your brake pads may need changing sooner
There are signs
that you should change your brakes before this, but firstly, to understand these
signs and to help you diagnose the issue, it’s good to understand your brake
pads and their placement.
Where on your car are the brake pads?
Brake pads are
usually paired with other components of the brake. Normally, found within a
brake disk and made up of a brake calliper and a pair of brake pads for each
When you push down
on your brakes, a hydraulic fluid pushes the brake pads towards the calliper,
causing friction to allow your vehicle to slow down.
Thinking of how
much this is used in one session, you can see the importance of regular checks
for your brake pads to ensure they are still in a good working condition.
How do you know if your brakes need changing beforehand?
It’s very easy to
ignore signs of change within your car and considering we’re not all mechanics,
we never truly understand the severity of these signs.
However, ignoring a
brake sign or a change in how they are working could lead to greater damage in
the long run. Whether that be further damage to your vehicle or even an
A few easy signs to
identify whether your car brakes are faulty:
- Are your brakes squeaky? A squeaky
brake is usually the first sign of wear and tear and can show that your brakes
are coming towards the end of their life. If this isn’t replaced, you’ll only
wear them down further, leading them to grind and damage the rotary which will lead
to greater costs in the long run. If your squeaking has shifted to a grinding
noise, this will need to be replaced as soon as possible!
- If you find that your vehicle seems
to be taking longer to stop than usual, this could be a sign that your brake
pads are wearing down, or even that your brake fluid is low.
- For modern cars, an indicator light
for this issue is built into dashboards in order to inform you. This can,
however, be a sign to let you know that the parking brake is engaged. If your
parking brake isn’t engaged, then you’ll need to visit a brake engineer as soon
How to fit brake pads
Brake pads are an
essential and crucial component on your vehicle, which is why it’s recommended
to have your brake pads fitted by a professional.
To replace your
brake pads, your vehicle’s wheels will have to be removed.
brake disk will allow you to view the brake pads. By removing the guide bolt
pin and unbolting the callipers, you will be able to unmount the old brake
To replace these,
you should apply a small amount of grease to the pads, avoiding the friction
linings. Then, apply back onto the mounting brackets and push the callipers
back into place.
Once these have
been fitted into place, push down on the brakes so that the pads are brought up
to the disk and fill up on brake fluid if needed.
It is always
advised to fit brake pads in sets and not just on one side. If you only do one
side, you’ll likely have uneven braking.
How much is it to fit brake pads?
Brake pad costings
can vary depending on your chosen garage or expert, they can also vary
depending on the amount of work that needs to be done. In some cases, it may
not just be your brake pads that need replacing and could also be your disk or
It’s always best to
speak to a professional and get their view and understanding on the matter and
it is crucial to not let your brakes get too bad. Not only because it will cost
you more in the long run, but also for the safety of yourself and others while