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Brake pad replacement

There are several factors that can affect the lifespan of brake pads including the material of your brake pads and your driving style.

Brake pad materials include;
- Metallic or semi-metallic brake pads can be noisier and wear out the rotors, but may be more durable than organic pads
- Organic brake pads are made from non-metallic materials, they can wear down more quickly than other materials
- Ceramic brake pads, whilst being the most expensive option, have the longest lifespan and offer superior stopping power

You can help your brake pads last longer by;
- Slowing down and avoid sudden stops to minimise extra friction that will wear out your brake pads
- Avoid unnecessary weight within your car
- Regular servicing including a brake fluid flush


If your brake pads are worn they should be replaced immediately.

Warning signs that your brake pads may need to be replaced

Squealing or Screeching Noises:
High-pitched noises while braking are often the first sign that you may need to have your brake pads replaced. Many brake pads have a small metal shim called an indicator that creates this noise when the pads wear down to a certain point.

Grinding or Growling Sounds:
If the brake pads have worn down significantly, you might hear a grinding or growling noise when applying the brakes. This occurs when the brake pads' metal backing makes contact with the brake rotor, which can cause damage to the brake rotor and decrease braking effectiveness.

Vibration or Pulsation:
A vibrating or pulsating sensation through the brake pedal could indicate uneven wear or damage to the brake pads or brake rotors.

Reduced Brake Responsiveness:
If you notice that your brakes don’t respond as quickly or require more pressure to stop the vehicle, it could be due to worn brake pads or air in your fluid lines caused by overheated brake fluid or loss of brake fluid in the brake system.

Thin Brake Pad Thickness:
Inspecting the brake pads through the wheel spokes can give you an idea of their thickness. If they appear to be less than 3mm thick, it's a good indication they need replacement.

Dashboard Warning Light:
Some vehicles have sensors that detect brake wear and will illuminate a warning light on the dashboard when the pads are due for replacement.

Burning Smell:
An intense, burning odour, especially after heavy braking, can signify overheating brake pads due to excessive use.

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