Brakes are an extremely important feature on any vehicle, allowing the car to slow down and stop safely when necessary. For our latest post, we discuss everything to do with brakes, giving you the lowdown on how they work to help keep you safe on the road.
How Do Brake Pads Work?
The braking system of a car will typically feature a brake disc, calliper and a pair of brake pads for each wheel. When a brake is pressed, it causes a chain reaction that pushes both brake pads against the rotating brake disc, causing friction which slows down the vehicle and causes it to stop.
As we drive, we use our brakes multiple times for both short and long journeys, so it will come as no surprise that they will need replacing at regular intervals to ensure your safety on the road.
Replacing Your Brake Pads
There are no set rules when it comes to how regularly your brake pads will need replacing. Many factors, including your driving style, can affect the wear of the pads. You may also find that if you do a lot of long distance driving on motorways, with less stopping, your brake pads may last longer. Additionally, the weight you carry in your car can affect the wear of the brake pads. A vehicle with a lighter load will be much easier to stop and require less braking effort.
Whilst some estimate that brake pads can last around 25,000 miles, others estimate up to 60,000 or more. Ensuring your car is regularly serviced and MOT’d by a professional mechanic will give you the peace of mind that everything is working as it should be in your vehicle.
Types of Brake Pads
There are various types of brake pads available and the type you invest in may make a difference to the wear time.
Organic brake pads are often the cheapest and the standard that will be used unless you specify your preference. Low metallic brake pads have a longer life expectancy than organic brake pads but tend to be noisier. Semi-metallic brake pads and ceramic brake pads are longer lasting but may be more expensive.