Brake Pad Health & Replacement

Brake pads are an integral part of your car's stopping power and need to be replaced from time to time in order to ensure your car delivers maximum braking power as designed. Outfitted around the front wheels of your car, each pad is surrounded by a caliper, which squeezes the pad every time you step on the brake pedal, resulting in friction against your tire that causes the car to stop. Necessary components in your braking system, brake pads initially maintain optimal performance, but as time goes on, they begin to wear down. By having your brake pads replaced on occasion, you can avoid excessive wear and extensive repairs caused by worn brake pads in the long run.

Elements that affect the lifespan of your brake pads include your car model and how hard you step on the brake pedal each time braking is necessary. For those who brake hard often, brake pad replacement may be required more often than every 20,000 to 60,000 miles as suggested due to quick erosion. If you begin to notice squealing each time you apply your brakes, this is a sure sign that your brake pads are worn down and are causing metal-on-metal friction, which creates the squealing sound. You should never let your brake pads get to this point before having them replaced, because it can become a safety hazard and also warp your wheels - a pricey repair.

To prevent future damage caused by worn brake pads, you should have them checked regularly. At Toyota of Richardson, our service center is equipped to handle this task, and if needed, our technicians can also replace your rear and front brake pads for you at an affordable price. Schedule a service appointment with us today to get your car's brake pads assessed as soon as possible. The health of your car is important to us and we'll make sure it's always running up to code.

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