Inspect Your Brake Pads for Wear

Most cars use the disc brake system. The components of this type of system include: brake caliper, brake pads, and brake rotors. Friction is actually the basic principle applied to slow down a car. The wheels are attached to the brake rotors that spin with it. When the brake pedal is pressed by the driver, the brake caliper squeezes the rotor and the car slows down. Friction is produced in the process, and it must be countered. Brake pads reduce friction between the brake caliper and the brake rotors.

What Kind of Wear and Tear Can You Expect on Your Brake Pads?

How long it takes for brake pads to get worn out depends on a number of factors. These may include:

  • Materials making up the brake pads are a factor of durability for the brake pads. Always ensure the manufacturer has used the Friction Materials Standards Institute (FMSI) brake standard.
  • Hard compound brake pads generally last longer, and are usually recommended for performance cars. Soft compound brake pads operate well with cars that travel at slower speeds.

When Should You Replace Brake Pads?

Due to friction that causes wear and tear, the brake pads eventually get worn out. Signs to look out for include:

  • A squealing noise when the brake pedal is pressed is a good sign that the brake pads have run out of grippy material. It's important to replace.
  • During the regular car service at the garage, ensure the thickness of the brake pads is checked by the mechanic.
  • Generally, if the braking system of the car becomes low performance, it should be replaced.

What should you do if your car needs new brake pads? Bring your vehicle to our Acura service station in Temecula for maintenance and repairs!

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