When you brake, your brake pads squeeze your brake discs, creating friction that slows your wheels, bringing your vehicle to a halt.
Brake pads are ceramic, organic or semi-metallic components that are attached to metal backings. They should last for thousands of miles before the abrasive surfaces wear away and they need replacing.
When they do, you can enter your vehicle details into our car part finder to identify the replacements that you need.
How do I know that my brake pads need to be replaced?
- Braking is slow.
- Braking is accompanied by a whistling sound.
- Your vehicle changes path during hard braking.
- Your vehicle vibrates during braking.
Why do my brake pads need to be replaced?
- They are old, worn, scratched or chipped.
- The brake pad lining is peeling, cracked or mechanically damaged.
- Your vehicle is frequently driven in a sporty style.
- There is lubricant or dirt in the brake lining.
- Incorrect brake linings have been installed.
How do I change my brake pads?
Raise the vehicle off the ground using a jack. Remove the lug nuts and the wheel to reveal the brake assembly. You’ll then need to unbolt the caliper to clamp the brake pads onto the brake discs.
Slide your old brake pads out of their retainer – most are secured with clips. Your replacements should come with new clips and lubricant. Clip your brake pad replacements into place and lubricate the metal shims. Ensure you don’t get lubricant inside the brake pads, as this will damage them.
Slide the caliper back over the brake disc and tighten the bolts. Re-fit the wheel and tighten the lug nuts. Always test your brakes after changing your brake pads.
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