BLOG: EVERYTHING YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT YOUR CAR’S BRAKE PADS
Monitoring the wear and tear of your car's braking system shouldn't be forgotten. Don't you agree? ...
UPKEEPING YOUR BRAKE PADS IS NOT ONLY IMPORTANT FOR THE SAFETY OF DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS, BUT IT CAN ALSO SAVE YOU A LOT OF MONEY IN THE FUTURE.
It’s no surprise that brake pads are a neglected car feature for most drivers. It’s a safety part that most people take for granted because it’s not easily seen, and it’s often not mentioned in any general maintenance checklist. This can be very problematic because brake pads can deteriorate fast from heat, irregular fluid changes, heavy vehicle loads and braking too soon. Bad brake pads can damage your car, put drivers and passengers at a higher risk of injury, as well as put you out of pocket quite quickly. So, we’ve written a blog covering the top five commonly asked brake pad questions.
Question 1: When should I replace my car’s brake pads?
A lot of vehicle models manufactured today have a brake pad sensor that indicates the driver when it is worn down and needs replacing. You can often find this warning light on the dashboard of your vehicle. However, if you have an older model that doesn’t support this feature, another way to find out is by listening. Most brake pads have an indicator on them that creates an audible noise alerting the driver that it needs to be changed.
Question 2: Why are my brake pads so dusty?
Generally, if your brake pads are dusty this means that the pad was made from a soft compound. This is not something to stress about because softer compound pads offer better braking performance. The excessive brake pad dust is just a minor detail that is expected with newer vehicles.
Question 3: Why are they so noisy?
This could be for a number of reasons; however, it’s commonly associated with the excessive wear on the pad when it’s due for replacement.
Question 4: My brake pads are wearing unevenly, why?
Various reasons can cause uneven wear on your brake pads. A common issue is due to varying thicknesses on your car’s rotors that chew away at the brake pad, or it could be an issue with the brake calipers. Inside the brake caliper are pins and small moving components. If any of these seize, it can cause the brake pad to drag along the rotor and won't stop the car from moving.
Question 5: How can I protect my brakes?
There is a list of things you can do to maintain the vital safety feature of your vehicles braking system. These include:
- Giving yourself more time to stop and avoid sudden brakes.
- If you’re stuck in traffic, allow a bigger gap ahead so you’re not hitting the brakes as much.
- Clear your car of heavy items.
- Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.
- As soon as you feel your brake pads are worn, take it to the repair shop to get fixed.
We highly recommend that you include checking your cars brake pads when performing a general maintenance check on your vehicle. It’s for the importance of yourself and all passengers that this safety system is in working order as it can cost a lot of money in the future if neglected.
Contact your local Tony White Dealership if you have any questions regarding servicing your cars brake pads or general maintenance enquiries. With over 25 dealerships located across Australia’s Eastern States, find your closest dealer here.