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Brake Pad Replacement Service
Few of us think about our brakes on a daily basis, but they are a critical component of a car and can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency. Proper maintenance and a quick response to warning signs will ensure that your car will stop every time you hit the brakes.
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What are brake pads and how do they work?
When to replace brake pads?
Here are several signs that you need new brake pads:
- Wear indicator on vehicle dashboard. Most newer cars today have electronics built into the brake pad and when the pad is at a point that it needs to be replaced, a symbol will appear on your vehicle dashboard’s instrument cluster. Consult your owner’s manual to learn what the symbol looks like.
- High pitched squeal when braking. When the friction material on the pads is worn close to the backing plate, you may hear a squealing or squeaking noise as you drive regardless of whether you are applying the brakes or not. That squealing or squeaking noise is designed to make you aware that the brake pads are getting low and need to be inspected.
- Grinding noise when braking. If all of the friction material on the brake pad has been worn away, you will hear grinding and scraping noises when you apply the brakes. Pad replacement is mandatory at this point and the vehicle is unsafe to drive until corrected.
- Brake pedal pulsation or vehicle vibration.
- Vehicle pulling or wandering on braking. If your car pulls to the right or left during braking, that could be a sign of a sticking brake caliper, misalignment of the suspension, and sometimes tire defects or uneven tire inflation from side-to-side. The mechanic who inspects your vehicle will determine if new brake pads alone will resolve the issue or if other repairs are needed.
- High mileage on existing pads. Every 16,000 km, a mechanic should measure the thickness of the remaining friction material on the brake pads and perform a thorough visual inspection of the braking system.
- Brake system warning lights and/or maintenance reminder messages. Should your brake system warning light ever illuminates, or a brake system related maintenance reminder message appears in the driver information display, have your vehicle inspected and repaired as soon as possible.
How do mechanics replace brake pads?
Normally, pad replacement requires these steps:
- Confirm the thickness of the remaining friction material on the brake pads. If the remaining friction material is less than 2 mm in thickness, pad replacement is warranted.
- Visually inspect the brake rotor surface that contacts the pad (for scoring, pitting, grooves, rust) and measure the brake rotor with precision tools for thickness variation, run-out and warpage.
- Inspect the caliper, torque plate, pads, and rotors to determine if the caliper is operating freely (i.e., inspect for stuck calipers).
- Install new pads and any additional recommended components (e.g., rotors, if rotors depart from OEM specifications) only with customer approval of course.
- Lubricate brake system components, such as caliper sliding pins, and inspect the condition of the brake fluid. Top off brake fluid as required.
- Perform a basic 50 point safety inspection of your vehicle.
- Finally, the mechanic will test drive your vehicle to confirm normal operation of the brake system.
Is it safe to drive with a brake pad problem?
When it comes to the brakes on your car, always err on the side of caution and have a mechanic check your brake pads and braking system at the very first sign of a problem. Further driving is not recommended and you should request service at your earliest convenience when any of the following conditions exist:
- stopping distances are much greater than what you are accustomed to
- the brake pedal is not firm or is low
- there is loss of braking power assist
- the vehicle pulls severely to one side on braking
- the brake system warning light is on
Should you detect unusual noises, such as squealing or grinding, but stopping distances are close to everything you're used to, and the brake pedal is firm, and there are no warning lights, it may be safe to proceed to your destination but schedule service at your earliest convenience.
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