Brake pads are an essential component of your car’s braking system, and they play a crucial role in keeping you safe on the road. Worn-out brake pads can cause your car to skid or slide, and they can even cause accidents. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on your brake pads and replace them when necessary.
But how long to change brake pads?
It is generally recommended that you change your brake pads every 25,000 to 65,000 miles. However, this number will vary depending on the type of vehicle you drive and how often you use your brakes. If you do a lot of city driving or drive in stop-and-go traffic, you may need to replace your brake pads more frequently. You should also have your brakes inspected regularly to ensure they are in good working condition.
How to Change Brake Pads
If your brake pads are starting to wear down, it’s important to change them as soon as possible. If you wait too long, the pads can wear down to the point where they start damaging the rotors. This can cause expensive repairs and may even lead to a complete failure of the braking system.
Changing brake pads is relatively simple and can be done at home with just a few tools. You’ll need a jack and jack stands, a wrench or socket set, and a new set of brake pads. Make sure you buy the right size pads for your vehicle.
- Jack up your vehicle and remove the wheel. Be careful not to damage the brake line when removing the wheel.
- Use the wrench or socket set to remove the two bolts holding the caliper in place.
- Pull the caliper off of the rotor. You may need to use a pry bar to get it started.
- Remove the old brake pads and insert the new ones. Make sure they’re properly seated and aligned.
- Reattach the caliper and bolt it in place.
- Repeat these steps for the other wheels.
- Lower your vehicle back down to the ground and test the brakes to make sure they’re working properly. If everything feels normal, you’re all done!
If you don’t feel comfortable changing your own brake pads, or if you’re unsure of how to do it properly, it’s always best to take your vehicle to a professional mechanic. They can change the pads and check for any other potential problems with your brakes.
How long does it take to change the brake pads?
It usually takes around an hour to change the brake pads. This will depend on the make and model of your car though. You might need some special tools to do the job, so it’s best to consult your owner’s manual or a professional mechanic before attempting to do it yourself.
Signs That You Need To Replace Your Brake Pads
If your brake pads are worn down, you may notice a few different signs. For example, you may hear a squealing noise when you press on the brakes. This is because the metal backing plate that rubs against the rotor to create friction is now exposed and causing the noise.
You may also feel vibration in the brake pedal or steering wheel when you brake. This is caused by uneven wear on the brake pads, which can cause pulsing in the brakes. If you ignore these signs and don’t replace your brake pads, you’ll eventually start to experience more serious problems.
For example, you may notice that it takes longer for your car to stop, or that your brakes are completely unresponsive. These are signs that you’ve worn through the brake pads and are now damaging the rotors. If you continue to drive without replacing the brake pads, you’ll eventually need to replace the rotors as well.
Your brakes are making squealing or grinding noises.
- Your brake pedal feels softer than usual or takes longer to stop the car.
- You notice that your car is taking longer to stop than it used to.
- Your brakes are leaving black marks on your wheels after you use them.
If you’re experiencing any of these problems, it’s time to replace your brake pads. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for specific instructions on how to do this, or take your car to a qualified mechanic.
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