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Don't Neglect Your Brake Pads: Know When to Replace Them


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Introduction

Brake pads are a critical component of any vehicle's braking system. They provide the friction needed to slow and stop your car when you press the brake pedal. Over time, these pads wear down from regular use, which can compromise your safety and that of others on the road.


In the realm of car maintenance, understanding the role of brake pads is essential. They are the barrier between the brake caliper and the brake rotor. When functioning properly, they help ensure smooth, efficient, and safe stops. But when they're worn out, they can lead to a range of problems.


The Dangers of Neglecting Your Brake Pads

Neglecting your brake pads can have serious consequences. The most immediate risk is an increased chance of accidents and collisions - you don't want to be in a chain collision because you can't brake on time! Worn brake pads mean less stopping power, which could result in failing to stop in time. This is not just a risk to the driver, but also to pedestrians and other vehicles.


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Moreover, worn pads can damage the rotors. Rotors are designed to work with a certain thickness of brake pad. Once pads wear beyond this point, they can score or even warp the rotors, leading to expensive repairs and unsafe driving conditions.


Signs that it's Time to Replace Your Brake Pads

There are several telltale signs that indicate your brake pads need attention. If you hear squealing or screeching noises when braking, it's likely the built-in wear indicators are telling you the pads are too thin. Additionally, vibrations or a pulsating brake pedal can signal warped rotors, often caused by over-worn pads.


Decreased stopping power means you have to press harder on the brake pedal to achieve the same stopping effect, which is another red flag. And visually inspecting the pads through the wheel spokes can reveal if they've become too thin—usually less than a quarter of an inch.


How Often Should You Replace Your Brake Pads?

General guidelines suggest that brake pads should be replaced every 80,000 km, but this varies based on driving habits, vehicle type, and brake pad quality. For instance, frequent city driving with lots of stopping and starting will wear pads out faster than highway driving.


Other factors that affect replacement frequency include driving environment, like mountainous regions where brakes are used more heavily, and the weight of the vehicle. Heavier vehicles put more stress on brake pads, potentially shortening their lifespan.


Conclusion

To maintain safety and performance, it's crucial to regularly check and replace your brake pads. Pay attention to the signs of wear and consult your vehicle's manual or a professional mechanic to understand the specific needs of your car. Timely maintenance can save you money and keep you safe on the road.


Contact us at 97127445 for enquiries or visit our car workshop at Caltex 3781 Jalan Bukit Merah and our friendly mechanics will be happy to assist you!



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