How Often Should I Replace My Brake Pads?

January 18th, 2024 by

How Often Should You Change Brake Pads? 

When it comes to vehicle safety, the condition of your brake pads is something you can’t afford to ignore. Walt Massey Chevy GMC Columbia is here to shed light on one of the most critical aspects of vehicle maintenance that ensures your and loved ones safety on every journey—your brake pads.

The Role of Brake Pads: 

Brake pads play a pivotal role in your vehicle’s braking system. Acting as the first line of contact with the brake rotors, they are essential for bringing your car to a stop. The health of your brake pads is directly linked to your vehicle’s safety and performance, which is why it’s crucial to maintain them regularly. Healthy brakes insure your car will come to a stop, in emergency situations . Our certified vehicle technicians check your braking system with every service offered in our service centers. 

Brake Pad Wear and Tear:

 Each time you press the brake pedal, the brake pads experience friction—this is how they stop your car. This also results in brake pads wearing down over time. Several factors can influence the rate of wear, including driving habits, environmental conditions, brake pad quality, and vehicle type. These factors all play a role in your brake pad wear, maintaining your brake pads ensures safe driving. 

When Should I Change My Brake Pads: 

While brake pad longevity varies, a good rule of thumb is to have them inspected every 10,000 miles and replaced every 50,000 miles. However, it’s essential to consult your vehicle’s manual for manufacturer-specific guidelines or speak to one of our skilled technicians for advice tailored to your driving habits and conditions.

Key Indicators Your Brake Pads Need Attention:

  • Unusual Noises: Persistent squealing or screeching when you brake is often a sign that your brake pads need replacing. This is the metal of the pad scrubbing against your rotor, if neglected this can damage your braking system and require costly unneeded repairs. 
  • Indicator Lights: Many modern vehicles have brake pad monitoring systems that alert you when it’s time for a change. Be sure to schedule your vehicle maintenance as soon as you see this alert. 
  • Visual Check: Look through your wheel spokes; if your brake pad appears to be less than 1/4 inch thick, it’s time for a replacement. The best practice is to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance at our service center. 

 Ignoring the signs of worn brake pads can lead to reduced braking efficiency, increased stopping distances, and even brake failure. Failing to maintain your brakes, puts you and other drivers at risk.  Regular checks and timely replacements are non-negotiable for your’s and others safety. 

Which Type of Brake Pad is Best for Me? 

There are various types of brake pads—organic, ceramic, and semi-metallic—each with its benefits.  Organic brake pads are recommended for daily commuters, they tend to be quieter and put less stress on rotors. Ceramic brakes are exactly what the name implies; ceramic with fiber embedded in them. Ceramic brakes perform better than organic brakes in variable temperatures, like our Southeast Summers. Semi-metallic brake pads are recommended for high performance needs, such as; towing and high traffic density driving . At Walt Massey Chevrolet GMC Columbia, we can help you select the best type for your vehicle and driving needs.  Our certified technicians are experts in brake pad maintenance. We use state-of-the-art tools and genuine parts to ensure your vehicle receives the best care possible. Getting your brake pads replaced with us is an ease! 

Proper installation of brake pads is as crucial as the quality of the pads themselves. Scheduling maintenance with our technicians at Walt Massey Chevy GMC Columbia are highly trained to install your brake pads correctly, ensuring optimal performance and longevity. Servicing your car is an ease with our online scheduler or with our Driven By You app. While you are at our Service Center you can enjoy our wonderful waiting areas with many amenities, or shuttle service (when available). 

Extended Section: Advanced Brake Maintenance Tips:

  • Regular Fluid Checks: Brake fluid is hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs moisture over time, which can lead to brake system corrosion and failure. Checking fluid and brake fluid lines ensures that your braking system functions properly.

  • Rotor Maintenance: Your brake pads and rotors work in tandem. We’ll inspect your rotors with every brake pad service to ensure they are in good condition. Brake rotors should be replaced every 50,000 to 70,000 miles,  rotors are checked for wear and tear during routine maintenance at our service center

  • Driving Habits: Learn how different driving styles can impact the wear and tear on your brake. Driving the speed limit, and maintaining a safe following distance protects the life of your brake pads and rotors. Dirt roads and salted roads also wear down your brake pads and rotors faster than regular paved roads. 

At Walt Massey Chevrolet GMC Columbia, we’re committed to your safety and the performance of your vehicle. Proper brake pad maintenance is crucial, and we’re here to provide you with top-quality service every step of the way. From choosing the right pads to professional installation, we’ve got you covered. We also offer vehicle inspections with the service of your vehicle.  Book your service appointment today and experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your vehicle is in the best hands. Our quality service center has you in mind, with a comforting waiting area, shuttle service, and convenient online appointment scheduling.

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