Unless you’re a professional mechanic, you may not know a whole lot about the vehicle you regularly depend on. That’s okay, until you miss the signs of a potential problem. Making sure your brake pads are in proper working order won’t just save you money, it potentially can save your vehicle or even your life in the event of an accident. Our team at Hogan’s Automotive wants to help educate you so you can properly care for your car.
What Are Brake Pads?Brake pads are a key part of your vehicle’s brake system; they sit between your brake shoe and your brake drum. When your brake pads wear down, other elements of your vehicle, such as the discs, rotors, and calipers, will begin to wear away as well. Maintaining effective brake pads is important to avoid pricey repairs as well as unsafe driving conditions. That’s why it’s important to be able to identify when to replace your vehicle’s brake pads.
What Do I Look For?Generally, the first indication is a squealing, screeching, or whining noise when you use your brakes. This sound is caused by a small, metallic shim indicator that’s embedded in your brake pad for just this purpose. When you hear it regularly while braking, it’s time to bring your car in to one of our Hogan’s brake specialists for an inspection.
How Long Do Brake Pads Last?
Generally, brake pads need to be replaced every 30,000 to 35,000 miles. However, much depends on the vehicle and the driver. For example, drivers in urban areas with heavy traffic tend to use their brakes a lot more frequently than drivers in rural locations. Also, if you’re a driver that “rides the brakes”, you may be wearing away your brake pads more quickly.
Hogan’s Automotive is proud to provide our customers with thorough, high-quality brake service and repairs. Request an appointment online today or contact our friendly staff at (732) 516-9100. We offer multiple services including general engine service, new tires, alignment work, and more, in Edison, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas.