Learning how to take care of your vehicle can be empowering. Even if you don’t do it yourself, it’s good to know when your car needs a little TLC. One component that’s highly important and relatively easy to understand is your car’s brakes. The brake pads, in particular, need some routine attention so learning brake pad maintenance is a good idea.
The brake pads are a key piece of a vehicle’s brakes. They’re located within the calipers, which are a part of the brakes that clamp around the brake rotor. The rotor is visible on some cars behind the wheel. When you hit the brakes, the calipers push the brake pads against the rotors which is what causes the car to stop. Since this happens constantly, and at high speeds, the brake pads take on a lot of wear and tear.
There’s no real rule that says how often you should replace your brake pads. It really depends on the car and the driver. Do you often brake suddenly or at high speeds? Then you may need to replace yours sooner. Slowing to a stop and taking it easy on your brakes will make your pads last longer.
In an effort to help drivers judge when they need to perform brake pad maintenance, brake pads have a sort of built in expiration system. There are small metal indicators that show only when the pads have worn down enough to be replaced. These indicators rub against the rest of the brakes causing a squealing each time your brake. This sound means it’s time for you to get your brakes checked by a professional, or for you to change your brake pads yourself. You can schedule a service appointment at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead in Atlanta, GA today!