The Ultimate Guide to Brake Pads: Working and Symptoms of Faulty Pads

The Ultimate Guide to Brake Pads: Working and Symptoms of Faulty Pads

Brake pads are one of the most important safety features in all the cars and it is important to them and the role they play. They are fitted in the caliper sitting between the middle gap of the brake disc either on the front two wheels or mainly all four wheels.

Working of the braking system

Most people don’t know how the braking system works in a car. Whenever you hit the brake pedal, the caliper pushes the brake pads against the rotating brake discs that are installed in the braking system of the vehicle. This in turn slows down the vehicle and brings it to a complete stop.

There are different types of brake calipers available, you can choose according to your preference.

Why the brakes are replaced regularly?

The lifespan of brake pads is dependent on how the car is driven and the quality of the brake pads as cheap pads tend to wear out faster. On motorways, less braking is required compared to urban areas as you have to stop for traffic, roundabouts, junctions, crossings, traffic lights, etc. Probably the most used system in a car is the braking system hence the brake parts are often replaced, like the brake pipe replacement, fluid replacement, etc.

Things that indicate you have faulty brake pads

You can often tell when your car requires new brake pads, here are some key points to look and listen out for:

  • A squealing or scraping noise often means that something needs to be replaced. The squealing can be caused by worn out surfaces pushing or rubbing against the discs. The sounds that the car should not make include grinding, squealing, screeching, and clicking. Note that any sound made by the brakes indicates that a brake pad replacement is necessary.
  • If your car does not stop correctly when you apply pressure on the brake pedal, then you need to contact a professional immediately. If it feels like the car is jumpy or vibrating whilst you are applying the brake pedal, then it could mean that the brake discs are warped due to heat buildup. The brake discs assist the car to brake correctly and smoothly. Check the pads regularly to make sure that they are not worn out. If it is thin, it can lead to a weaker system that will eventually not allow the brakes to work at all.
  • If your car pulls to one side when you apply the brakes it could mean that one side has more worn than the other. The car will pull to one side without the movement of the steering wheel. This is risky as your car should not be making turns unless you are the one enforcing it.

The brake system is critical for your safety. You should always get your brakes checked whenever you take your car for a service. Any damage has to be fixed immediately, so any kind of accident can be avoided. We offer summer and winter diagnostic inspections and brake service to ensure your vehicle is always safe. 

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