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HOW IT WORKS

What are brake pads and how do they work?

Brake pads are part of the disc brake system found on most late model vehicles. Whenever you press on your brake pedal, a pair of brake pads is squeezed against a heavy metal disc (the rotor) attached to each wheel. Friction between the brake pads and the rotor causes your vehicle to slow and stop. The process is similar to the way that the brakes on a bicycle grip the sides of the wheel when you squeeze the brake lever. Brake pads can be made up of organic, semi-metallic, or ceramic friction materials that are designed to wear away over time.

HOW IS THIS SERVICE PERFORMED?

How is a a Brake Pad Replacement done?

To replace your brake pads, a technician will, in general, do the following:

  • Visually inspect and measure your brake rotors to make sure they are within manufacturer's specifications
  • Inspect the brake caliper and other components of the brake system
  • Install your new brake pads and any necessary hardware
  • Lubricate the caliper sliding pins and other components
  • Check and top off the brake fluid as necessary

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COMMON SYMPTOMS

Signs that brake pads need to be replaced

Your brake pads likely need to be replaced if you notice any of the following signs:

Increased stopping distances or loss of braking power

Squealing or grinding noises when you step on the brakes

The brake pad warning indicator comes on

Your brake warning light comes on

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Other questions customers ask

Are ceramic brake pads better for my car?
The type of brake pads that are best for your vehicle - whether ceramic, organic, or semi-metallic - depends on your specific driving conditions. Where semi-metallic pads might be best suited for high performance or pulling heavy loads, ceramic brake pads are quieter, longer lasting, and gentler on your car's braking system. Ceramic pads do, however, come with a higher price tag.
What happens if I don't replace my brake pads?
Brake pads are composed of sacrificial friction materials that are designed to wear away with use. When that material is depleted beyond its useful life, significant damage can occur to your braking system, and your vehicle's ability to stop will be seriously diminished.
How long does it take to replace brake pads?
If brake pad replacement on a vehicle is straightforward, the job might be done in an hour or so. But the amount of time a brake job requires depends on a number of factors, such as the condition of the brake rotors, calipers, and related components, and whether the service is being performed at two wheels or four.

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