Brake pads will naturally wear out over time. However, there are some ways that you can ensure that they'll last longer. Understanding what causes brake pads to wear out more quickly, while making sure you know how to check them, and how often to, can help you prevent needing to change them as frequently. Here are some tips for helping you make your brake pads last longer and how to know when they need replacing.
What causes brake pads to wear out
There are several reasons why your brake pads can wear out. Here are some of them:
1) Driving habits - Harsh driving and braking can cause brake pads to wear out faster, whereas smooth driving and gentle breaking will make them last longer.
2) Driving conditions - City driving requires more start-stopping and therefore a greater need for braking. Generally, driving on long, flat roads such as motorways helps improve the lifespan of brakes, whereas driving in the city often is more likely to wear them out quicker.
3) Hardness of brake pads - Hard compound brakes usually last longer, while soft compound brake pads aren't built to withdraw the same amount of pressure.
How often to check your brake pads
You should check your brake pad lining every time you perform an oil change. Mechanics can do this for you when you take your car for service, so it's important to ensure you service your car regularly. However, you can also check the brake pads yourself. Once they're down to a level of between 3mm and 4mm, you'll know it's time to get them replaced.
How to know when your brake pads need replacing
When your brake pad lining is running low, you'll get some warning signs. The main ones will include a squealing or scraping sound, as well as jittery breaks. If you notice the performance of your brakes declining, get them replaced immediately.
Don't ignore the signs and get your brakes changed right away. You can bring your car down to our auto repair shop and we'll get the brakes changed for you quickly.