The brakes are one of the most important pieces of safety equipment within a car and you want them to always be in top working order, you never know when you are going to need them. Here is a quick guide for everything you need to know about when to change your brake pads.
How Quickly Will My Brakes Wear Down?
There are many factors which need to be taken into consideration when answering this question. Different cars and different drivers will all wear down brakes differently because of their driving style.
For example, someone who spends all of their time driving around the inner city will need to replace their brakes a lot sooner than someone who spends a lot of time driving on long country roads or highways. If you are an aggressive driver who brakes very harshly then you will wear your brakes out much faster. Adopt a gentler driving style to avoid wearing yours out too quickly.
The front wheels on any car are also more likely to wear out faster than the rear wheels. This is because the front wheels take most of the strain while braking while the back brakes are less powerful to decrease the chance of skidding.
When Do They Need to Be Changed?
Brake pads are frequently listed amongst the most expensive car parts you will need to regularly replace so make sure that you are not wearing them out too much as you may see yourself paying hefty fees.
If you do not check them regularly, you may first notice that your brake pads need replacing when it takes longer for your car to come to a halt or if there are any strange noises like squeaking while braking.
You can check your brake pads for yourself by looking through the spokes of the wheel. If you cannot see 3 mm of the brake pad visible then you should get them replaced. They may also look warped or damaged, in which case you should also get them replaced.
Most modern cars are also now equipped with sensors which will light up a warning on the dashboard when the brake pads need replacing. Try to get your brake pads changed in axle pairs; in other words, try to get the two front brake pads changed at the same time and then try to get the rear ones changed at the same time. This will prevent them from wearing down at different rates which can cause problems for you as a driver.
Where Can I Get Them Changed?
If you are mechanically inclined then you can buy your own new brakes to fit onto your car. You can buy new brakes and other car parts at Auto Anything who stock a range of brake kits that are easy to install (you can also speak to one of their members of staff if you do end up needing assistance).
Alternatively, take the car to a licenced and trustworthy mechanic. They will be able to remove and install the new brake pads for you. This will leave you with perfectly functioning brakes, ready to enjoy driving safely again!