You may not think about them very often, but they are one of the most important component in your car that needs to be in fine condition.
When you are driving along the highway on a sunny day with windows rolled down, and your music system volume up, driving at 80 kmph. And at this speed if you want to stop suddenly, your vehicle could at least take 125 feet (38.1 meters) to come to a standstill & that can happen only if your car brakes are responsive.
What if the brakes don’t function properly when you are driving at 80-90 Km/h.? Could be a life & death situation !
When it comes to maintaining automobiles, brake pads are one of the most vital and crucial components that requires attention.
Brake pads are key parts of your vehicle’s brake system, they sit between your brake shoe and the brake drum. Without functioning of the brake pads, other segments of your vehicles, such as the rotors, the discs and calipers will begin to wear away.
Brake pads needs to be replaced every 75,000 kilometers driven on average. However, some needs to be replaced every 25,000 kilometers, while others at 40,000 kilometers. It largely depends on driving habit. For instance if you drive more aggressively in a busy city area and brake with more force, then it is likely that you will need to replace them sooner than someone who travels long distance.
However, there are few indicators that can tell that your brake pads are on their last leg:
- Squealing, scraping, grinding noise when you apply brakes. That’s because brake pads have small hairs at the very bottom to let the driver know that they are about to run out
- Vibration in steering wheel
- Brake or low brake pad warning light is on
- Brake pads appear too thin
How to ensure that your brakes and rotors last longer?
- Aggressive driving leads to last-minute braking. Which results in excessive heat cooking your rotors.
- Obeying the speed limits cautious driving pays off by sustaining the life of you brake parts. So, avoid tailgating, leave enough room to decelerate and you’ll be set.
- The more city driving, the more stop and go, and quicker the breaks erode. This type of driving damages the brake faster, which warps rotors quickly. So, take your car in for at least one brake inspection a year to check for problems.
Speak to a Car Care Expert @ Tyre Empire for Brake pad inspection and replacement services. Call us on 9008000000 or schedule a visit today for a car safety check !