Why Perform a Brake Pads Inspection During Each Service Call?

Brake pads need to be replaced after about 50,000 miles on average due to the wear and tear of repeated driving. Some need to be replaced after 25,000 (for heavy braking), while others can last for 70,000 miles. To get a more accurate number for your car’s specific needs, consult the car’s manual.

Brake pads convert the kinetic energy of the car to thermal energy by friction. Two brake pads are contained in the brake caliper and when the brakes are hydraulically applied, the caliper clamps or squeezes the two pads together into the spinning rotor to slow/stop the vehicle.

There are numerous types of brake pads, depending on the intended use of the vehicle. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend a specific kind of brake pad for their vehicle, but compounds can be changed (by either buying a different make of pad or upgrading to a performance pad in a manufacturer’s range) according to personal tastes and driving styles.

Schedule an appointment with an Otobots mechanic today for a brake pads inspection and replacement!

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Why brake pads are crucial for your car?

Our certified auto repair mechanics will consider the make, model, condition, and mileage of your car before recommending replacement brake pads. We offer a few brake pads services that is recommended based on your car’s individual needs. All brake-related services include a complimentary inspection.

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Still not sure if your vehicle’s brakes need servicing? Read our FAQ’s:

How do I know if my brake pads need to be replaced? What’s the procedure?

There are two ways to check for brake wear: by looking and by listening. First, check for wear by looking at your brake pads through the spaces between the wheel’s spokes. The outside pad will be pressed against a metal rotor. Generally, there should be at least 1/4 inch of pad. If you see less than 1/4 inch of pad, you may want to have Otobots perform a brake pads inspection.

I’m hearing a high-pitched screeching sound when I apply my your brakes – what is that?

That’s a small metal shim, called an indicator, which is giving you an audible warning that you need to replace your brake pads. You should be aware of this sound (which is loud enough to be heard while the windows are up, but not necessarily loud enough to be heard over the radio or air conditioner). If you hear it regularly, quickly make an appointment with your Otobot mechanic.

I’m still hearing a squeeling or screeching noise. I did just wash my car – could that be a factor?

If your car has been sitting after being exposed to water, such as from rain or from washing it, moisture can cause a thin layer of rust to develop on the brake rotors. This is normal. When you first apply the brakes, the pads pressing on the rust-covered rotors may cause a squeal for a few stops until the rust is worn off and then the sound will disappear. An Otobots mechanic can perform a brake pads diagnosis to be sure.

I can feel my vehicle pulling in one direction or the other often – what does this mean?

If your vehicle “pulls” to one side while braking, it may be a sign that the brake linings are wearing unevenly or that there is foreign matter in the brake fluid. Your vehicle may need a brake adjustment or to have the fluid drained and replaced.

My son can hear griding or growling in the brakes – is my vehicle still safe to drive?

This loud metallic sound means that you have worn down the pads completely, most likely beyond replacement. The grinding or growling noise is caused by the two pieces of metal (the disc and the caliper) rubbing together. This can “score,” or scratch your rotors, creating an uneven surface.

The steering wheel shakes when pressing the brake at high speeds. How bad are my brake pads?

A vibration or pulsating brake pedal is often a symptom of warped rotors (but can also indicate that your vehicle is out of alignment). The vibration can feel similar to the feedback in the brake pedal during a panic stop in a vehicle equipped with anti-lock brakes.

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We look at the following during a brake pads inspection:

Brake pads & rotor

• Front and rear brake pad replacement
• Front and rear brake rotor replacement

Other Popular Brake Services:

• Check and adjust brakes
• Brake caliper replacement
• Brake fluid service
• Brake master cylinder replacement

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