The moment you press the brake pedal of your car, the brake pads are pushed against the
brake discs. Because of this, enormous friction is created between the brake discs and pads. This friction can even go up to 800 degrees Celsius. Because of this friction, the brake pads and discs will wear out eventually.
Brake pads are part of the
brake system. They are responsible for a great deal of the safety of you and your car. A malfunctioning braking system can cause major risks, especially when you need to brake acutely. Therefore, make sure that you replace the pads in time. Driving on for too long can, in addition to the risks, make the reparation unnecessarily more expensive. Worn brake pads
How quickly the brake pads are worn out, depends on your driving behaviour. If you often drive with your car on the highway, they will not wear as quickly as driving in the city. In the city, you will make more intensive use of the brake system, which makes the parts wear faster. Do you often carry heavy loads in or on your car? This will also cause your braking system to wear faster.
With an automatic transmission, the pads will also wear out faster. Unlike a manual car, there cannot be braked on the engine with an automatic transmission. Therefore, the pads are more loaded when braking. In general, the front brake pads of your car will last around 15.500 to 22.000 miles. For the rear brake pads, this is approximately 25.000 miles. So, the pads at the front wear out faster than the pads at the rear of the car. This has to do with the propulsion of the wheels, which is often located at the front of the car. Thus, how fast the pads actually wear, depends on a number of factors.
Replacement brake pads
Many cars are equipped with a
brake wear indicator. The brake wear indicators are copper wires that ensure that as soon as the pads are worn out, the control light on your dashboard will light up. Worn brake pads can also be recognised by a squeaking or abrasive sound. An increasing braking distance or a vibrating pedal may also indicate wear and tear. Do you recognise one of these symptoms? Then it?s time to replace the brake pads.
Mechanical damages or contamination can also lead to defective brake pads. Are you going to replace the brake pads yourself? Then you must bear in mind that they must be replaced per axle (front- or rear side). This has to do with the safety of you and your car, as the parts wear at the same time. For this reason, you can only order a set of 4 at Winparts. This way, you are able to replace the brake pads on both wheels on each axle. After the replacement, it is important that you brake gently in the first period. New brake pads are often still rough, braking too hard can cause damage to the brake discs.
Buy brake pads
You can buy brake pads easily at Winparts. Fill in your number plate and the correct products for your car will be displayed. One set of brake pads is sufficient for the left- and right wheel. You can choose from various top brands such as;
ABS, FEBI, TRW, Bosch and Brembo brake pads. Also, more parts for the braking system such as; brake discs, brake calipers or brake shoes can be found at Winparts.