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1 in 7 cars needs new brakes

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Did you know that the brake system on your vehicle does more today to help keep you safe than ever before? Brake systems of today play important roles in traction control and vehicle stability systems.

Signs & Symptoms You Need New Brakes

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  1. Noise Modern brake pads have a metal indicator that emits a high-pitched squeal when it's time to replace your brakes. If you hear a grinding noise it may mean you have completely worn your brakes down and your backing plates are grinding against the rotors. Be sure to get your brakes replaced immediately if this happens or it cuold lead to more expensive repairs in addition to your brake pads.
  2. Time How many miles has it been since you last replaced your brake pads? Typically disc brake pads will last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles depending on many factors such as driving conditions and brake maintenance. Car owners are encouraged to adhere to a regular maintenance schedule.
  3. Drifting While braking, if your vehicle feels like it wants to drift or pull to the left or right it could be a seized caliper or pad. Have your braking system inspected if this happens. Uneven wear of the pad material is the key indicator.
  4. Vibrating If you feel a shudder or vibration in the brake pedal while braking, your car could have warped rotors. Warped rotors are usually caused by excessive heat. Replacing the rotors or having them machined (if thick enough) could be necessary.
  5. Poor Performance Brake pads can become 'crystalized' or hardened from excessive heat. When this happens the brake pads become ineffective and the distance it takes you to stop is dramatically increased.

Brake Pad Wear Patterns

Looking at your brake pads can tell you whats wrong with your braking system
Pads Wear Pattern Meaning
Normal Disc Brake Wear Pattern Even wear between inners and outers. Smooth wear surfaces on the friction material.

Normal Wear

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Tapered wear vertically or horizontally Tapered wear vertically or horizontally

Worn out caliper bushings and/or worn out caliper hardware

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Only one side worn down in the pair Only one side worn down in the pair

Caliper or caliper piston hanging up.

Caliper slide not functioning correctly

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Grooves in the surface of the friction material Grooves in the surface of the friction material

Rotors should be turned or replaced

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Cracked lining or chipped corners on friction material Cracked lining or chipped corners on friction material.

Excessive heat build up. Caliper or caliper piston hanging up creating constant friction.

Rear brakes ineffective causing front pads to do excessive braking

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Lining worn completely, rivets exposed, rotors destroyed Lining worn completely, rivets exposed, rotors destroyed

Disc pads worn beyond safe and normal wear point

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Step in lining

Pads not installed correctly. Pads not in full contact with the rotor. Replace guide pin/mounting bolt bushings and caliper hardware

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