Brake Pad Replacement
Working brakes save lives
Brake repairs are what many people discuss when it comes to being safe, but focusing on brake maintenance is far more vital to your safety. Maintaining your brakes means not waiting until they need repairs.
Brakes with poor maintenance reduce your ability to stop rapidly and safely, putting you and your passenger's at risk.
Regular brake maintenance means that you can relax knowing that your brakes will be in good working order when you need it most; in an emergency!
When it comes to Brake Maintenance, you should never take a risk. If you're not sure if your brake maintenance is 100% - call a professional. Today.
Your brake pads are a key component of your braking system and they are a part that you should monitor on a regular basis. Brake pads compress to create friction on your brake rotors which causes your vehicle to stop. Which means brake pads work really hard, really often.
The amount of pressure that is required of them to stop a moving vehicle is massive and produces a lot of heat which causes wear on the brake pads.
Worn brake pads means ineffective braking and that can mean danger on the road. Which is why regular examination and testing of the state of your brake pads is crucial.
Are there signs a brake pad replacement is due?
Brakes that squeal are a sign that your brake pads are wearing thin; many pads have a small metal piece embedded in them which will scratch on the disc when your brake pads are wearing down, causing that high pitch noise. However, this doesn’t mean you should wait until you hear noises to get your pads looked at, we advise having your brakes inspected at every service.
It is important to remember that noisy brakes are not only caused by normal wear and any unusual noises anywhere in your car should always be investigated by a qualified professional mechanic.
At Highton Automotive Services we offer a free 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report with every car service. As part of our Vehicle Inspection Report we inspect the brake pads for wear and let you know if they require replacing. We can also recommend the right pad for your local conditions and driving style.
How long before I will need to replace the brake pads?
Brake Pads can live for anywhere between 15,000 to 70,000 km's. This can differ according to a number of influences such as; regular heavy loads, driving style and conditions. If your brake pads are wearing out early your mechanic might advise using a special heavy duty brake pad more suited to your vehicle.
Is brake pad replacement something I can do?
Some things are best left to trained mechanics and this is one of them. You should never let anyone but a qualified professional touch something as significant to your safety as your braking system.
Highton Automotive Services are qualified to perform a wide range of brake services and repairs using quality parts, all covered by our Nationwide Warranty.
We can provide inspection, repair or replacement of many brake components such as:
- Brake Pads
- Brake Drums
- Brake Calipers
- Brake Rotors
- Brake Hoses/Clips/Springs
- Wheel Cylinders
- Wheel Bearings
- Master Cylinders