Brakepads:When to change them?

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  1. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    How often do you change your brakepads

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    There is nothing more important than your vehicle being able to stop. Therefore it is without a doubt that your brakes are the most important part of being able to drive your vehicle. Anybody will tell you this - even race car drivers will tell you it’s a lot more important to be able to stop than to have a great amount of power or speed in your vehicle.

    No vehicle will stop effectively with worn brake pads. Nobody wants to go through a wall have an accident because it won’t stop. So it makes a lot more sense to be able to just touch the brakes lightly and the vehicle does exactly what it’s asked to do. At the end of the day, it’s the equipment, not the driver.

    It is important to change your brake pads. The reason for this is because you need to get the maximum performance of your braking system by maintaining optimum friction pad depth. If your brake pads need changing you will find that ninety percent of the changes will be to your front pads.


    You can check the pad wear for yourself but when it comes to changing them, if you don’t know what you are doing it’s best left to a professional who does.

    How to check?

    To check the brake pad wear you will need to view the pads from outside the front tire. With most vehicles now days it will be quite visible, and all you need to do is look through the outside of the wheel rims. That way it makes the pads very visible, unless of course they are worn. Sometimes it may be necessary to remove the wheel to be able to see the pads. If you are able to do all this, you will notice that the outside pad should be looking right at you and if you look at it from above, you will see that the pad will be pressed against the shiny metal rotor.

    It’s important to note that there are two ways to determine whether or not the pads will need replacing:

    The first is visually.
    If you see that the depth of the pad is less that 1/4 inch. You need to replace it, and soon! If you see that it’s less than 1/8 inch, there isn’t any time to waste as you are getting really close on damaging the rotor. You need to then do it ASAP!
    It’s not the same on every vehicle, but use it to help you along.

    The second is by ear.
    If you are hearing a screeching sound when you put your foot on the break. Not good. You are overdue for a reline. But, if it sounds more like scraping on metal, then I’m afraid you have damaged your rotors and you need to fix the brakes immediately otherwise you could cause major damage.

    Changing your brake pads too soon is much better than changing them too late. That way you will avoid more expensive repairs as well as unsafe driving.
     
  2. gagan_singh

    gagan_singh Super Moderator

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    i changed the rotors, pads and shoes on the benz like a month ago. the parts put me down about $500. i got pagid pads, and zimmerman rotors. the dealership was charging over 1200, and they were using the stock pads and rotors which were crap on this car.

    also if you look at the inside pad it should be more worn out than the outer one. alot of the times when brakes start to screech its the inside pad.
     
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  3. Dhhawal

    Dhhawal New Member

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    @gagan, if thats the case, its also an indicator of disuniform piston pressure, could be a pointer to get the piston guides serviced...there must be some obstruction...in more extreme cases this can cause disc warping..!
     
  4. gagan_singh

    gagan_singh Super Moderator

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    i think it was like that cause i only changed the brakes 1 time in 7 years. lol we dont drive the car to much either.
     
  5. Dhillon

    Dhillon Administrator Staff Member

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    usually when they start squealing. :p
     
  6. gagan_singh

    gagan_singh Super Moderator

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    for some reason they didint sequel at all, they just didint stop fast. i guess they had some crazy engineering.
     
  7. Codename.47

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    how many of us get the DISCs Grinded?
     
  8. Dhhawal

    Dhhawal New Member

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    umm, i never needed it....because i don't drive as fast as u do...:p, hehe but anyways, yea, you are right gagan cuz the germans let the sensors figure out when the brakes have lost their bite...other than that the squealing is a sufficient reminder of the brade pads being worn out...!
     
  9. Codename.47

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    what about ABS sign poppin on the DASH board. apparantely the whole unit needs to be replaced .. harry had to replace his Fiesta ZETEC's ABS unit changed cuz it had some problem
     

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