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    When to Replace Brake Pads – Symptoms & Signs of Wear

    About the brake pads:

    Brake pad replacement Hamilton

    A new brake pad (top) compared to a worn brake pad (bottom)

    Brake pads are an important part of the braking systems in almost all modern cars. Generally each wheel has its own brake pad and brake disc rotor. When the brake is applied, the brake pad converts kinetic energy into thermal energy via friction. It does this by pushing against the brake disc, causing the car to slow down or come to a stop.

    Brake pads are made out of a lining, which eventually wears and comes off. When enough lining comes off, the brake pads will create less friction and increase the stopping distance of your vehicle. For this reason, it is important to have the brake pads routinely checked and replaced.

    If the brake pad’s friction material is worn below a certain level, it can lead to your car failing its Warrant of Fitness. Learn more about brake requirements in New Zealand.

     

    When to replace brake pads?

    On average, brake pads will need to be replaced around every 80,000 km. However, some brake pads will wear slower or faster than others. It is important to remember that sudden, harsh braking can increase the wear on the brake pads as well as other brake components. You can greatly extend the life of your brake pads by driving conservatively, only accelerating when necessary and braking less as a result.

     

    Symptoms of worn brake pads:

    • Squeaking noise when braking – Most brake pads have a built-in wear indicator. This is usually in the form of a metal plate which is designed to scratch the brake disc. When the brake disc is being scratched, it will create a high-pitched squeaking or squealing noise, warning the driver that the brake pads are due for a replacement.
    • Brake warning light – Other brake systems will use an electrical brake wear indicator. A piece of metal is embedded in the brake pad which will trigger a dashboard warning light when it comes in contact with the brake disc.
      Brake warning light diagnostics
    • Vibrations while braking – Worn brake pads or distorted disc rotors can cause your car to wobble, vibrate or feel unstable while braking.
    • Increased stopping distance – A car with worn brake pads will take longer to stop than normal. This can create safety risks, which can lead to collisions or accidents if the problem is ignored.

     

    Brake Pad Replacement Service in Hamilton

    Is your car in need of new brake pads? If so, we can help! At Grimmer Motors, our team of skilled mechanics can examine your brake pads for signs of wear. If the brake pads need changing, we can quickly and easily source the right parts, remove your old brake pads and install some new ones. We can also measure and check your brake disc rotors and either get them machined or replaced for you if required. This will allow for increased vehicle safety, correct stopping distance and a more comfortable ride.

    For disc brake pad servicing, repairs and replacement in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!

     

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    Phone: 07 855 2037

    Email: office@grimmermotors.co.nz

    Address: 998 Heaphy Terrace, Fairfield, Hamilton

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