When should you change your brake pads?
Do you notice that squeaking sound coming from your wheels when you press the brake pedal? Is it taking longer than usual to come to a stop? If so, then it's probably time to change your brake pads. This is something everyone has to do every couple of years, and it is an integral part of vehicle maintenance and safety. A good way to tell how much longer you have left on the life of your brake pads is simply to check them. You may be able to do this without removing the wheel, but it sure makes it easier to do so. Just look at the top of your caliper, and you will see brake pads on each side of the rotor. If you see only 1/4-inch of pad friction material, then it's time to start shopping for new brake pads. Anything less and you could be carving into your rotor surfaces, severely and negatively impacting your car's ability to stop when necessary. Don't let that happen to you when you can very easily buy and change your brake pads.
What are brake pads for?Brake pads
have been in use on automotive applications for over a century, and have demonstrated an more efficient and effective use of friction to stop moving vehicles than brake shoes. Brake pads sit in a caliper on either side of the rotor surface, and are pressed against the rotor by a hydraulically actuated piston. The transfer of energy from the car to the pads through friction causes an incredible heat exchange, and the pad slowly wears out over time. There are two main types of automotive brake pads: metallic and ceramic. Semi-metallic pad material will heat up faster and provide stronger stopping power in the short term, and are also less expensive than ceramic pads. However, they tend to wear out quicker and are very harsh on the brake rotors. Ceramic brake pads are more resistant to the heat, and as they heat up small deposits of the friction material fill in the imperfections of the rotor keeping the surface smooth. When you have the option, ceramic pads are the better choice.
Getting it done.
Replacing your brake pads at regular intervals or as needed does not always mean you need to take your car to a mechanic or brake shop. One with moderate skills and experience can perform a brake pad change in their garage or driveway with the right tools and a little time.
- First, loosen all the lug nuts on the wheels you are going to remove but don't take them completely off.
- Now jack up the car and set it on jack stands. Once it is secure, you can remove the lug nuts.
- Next, you will want to locate and remove the clips holding the brake pads in the caliper. Then you will need to press the pistons all the way in. You can now unbolt the caliper from the mounting bracket and remove it. This will make replacing the pads much easier. Just remember to keep the brake hose connected to the caliper.
- After you have opened up the caliper and compressed the pistons, you can now insert your new brake pads and clips.
- Finally, perform all these steps in reverse to re-install the caliper, wheels, and lower your car. Remember to check your brakes while driving slowly before heading out into traffic.
We've got you covered.
With so many manufacturers of brake pads out there, people in the market for replacements are faced with options upon options. From economically priced brake pad sets to the top of the line genuine pads, Car Parts Discount has you covered. The brake pads you see on our website are in stock and ready to ship right away. That means you will get the parts you need at a price that works for you, and your car can return to safe operations as quickly as possible.