Where you are using mechanically-operated brake shoes or computer-controlled ABS system, brake pads can wear out eventually due to wear and tear. However, as a car owner, you should not wait until the brake pads wear out completely. It is important that you keep them in check and replace them before they become ultimately damaged. If you feel that your brake pads are wearing thin, here are the features that you should look for to find the perfect brake pads for your vehicle.
Choose a good brand for the brake pads.
Look for brake pads brands that can sustain all types of weather conditions. It is your right to ask the shop owner whether the brakes function for all seasons. Depending on the brand of material of the brake pads, they may or may not last through different weather conditions.
Consider how much noise the brake pads will make.
Ensure that you choose something which produces less noise and vibration. Also, you don’t want brake pads that feel hard when pressing down on it.
Maximum Operating Temperature (MOT).
This is the maximum limit that the brake pad can read before it becomes unsafe. The MOT can depend on where you want to drive. Take into consideration some factors like how mountainous is your driving, how hot is the climate you live in, what are the traffic patterns in your place and how tolerant are you to brakes?
Decide the material construction of the brake pads.
You can choose among metallic, semi metallic, and organic. Organic brake pads are durable and long-lasting but they don’t provide superior braking when you are travelling downhill. Semi-metallic brake pads are also durable and are often a favorite choice for many drivers, but they do wear out easily. Fully metallic brakes can provide great braking conditions and are probably the best among all, but like the semi-metallic brake pads, they can wear out.
Study your car’s brake system carefully.
Consider the entire brake system of your car when replacing the brakes. You should also consider the type of brake pads that will suit best to you entire brake system. In some cases, the brake pads do not work well when the rotors they contact are not high-quality or when they do not fit the criteria needed for the break system.
Generally, rotors have one size that fits all. However, the availability of various brands may require you to make important considerations when replacing your brakes. We hope that you find these tips on how to replace your brake pads useful.