Disc Brake Pads
- They tend to be quieter than metallic brake pads.
- Less abrasive, and therefore and a little easier on brake rotors.
- The dust created is lighter in color, and gives the appearance of less dust.
- Have a lighter stopping power.
- Fit and function is improved, reduced returns, noise benefits.
- Premium product that matches OE.
- Ensures optimal performance over time.
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Introduction of Disc Brake Pads
What are Brake Pads?
disc-brake-300x251Brake pads are one of three primary parts of disk brakes – the others are calipers and a rotor. The rotation of a car’s wheels is slowed by the friction created when two pads are pushed against either side of a rotor by a set of calipers.
The pads are typically made of some friction material (ranging in composition from composite to ceramic to organic to metallic) and a steel backing plate. Rotors can be made of ceramic matrix composites, reinforced carbon-carbon or simply cast iron and are attached to the wheel or axle. When you press down on the brake pedal, brake fluid is used to engage a piston that clamps the brake pads onto each rotor.
When to Replace Them?
Manufacturers state that semimetallic pads should typically last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles, but it really depends on the type of vehicle, your driving style and the kind of use they’re subjected to – stop & go traffic in the city will wear them out faster than highway driving.
The best way to determine if your brake pads need to be replaced is by removing the tires and doing a visual inspection. If the thickness is less than 2-3mm, then it’s time to replace them.
new-vs-worn-out-brake-padOver time, the material gets worn down. When the wear becomes significant, then it’s time to change the brake pads. Most pads have a way of indicating this in order to alert the driver.
At the very least, they will have a small tab made of a soft metal embedded underneath the friction material that causes a loud squealing noise every time the brakes are used when the pads are thin and need to be replaced. Other types have a similar metal tab that doesn’t cause squealing, but completes an electric circuit that turns on a warning light on the car’s dashboard.
Factors That Determine Wear and Tear
There are a number of factors that determine the amount of wear and tear that your brake pads are subjected to and, as a result, how long they will last in terms of mileage. The first is the quality of the brake pads and the type of friction material they use. The higher the quality, the longer the pads will last.
While organic pads have the shortest stopping distance, they don’t last as long because they use up more material per stop. Ceramic and semi-metallic pads last the longest, but have a shorter stopping distance.
The second factor is your personal driving style and the type of braking you do. Are you light on the brakes and slow down over a long distance or do you press the pedal down hard to stop at the last second? The harder you press, the faster the brakes will wear down. Other factors include:
Geographical areas – hilly or mountainous areas are harder on brakes
The type of car you have – heavier and sportier cars use up brake pads faster
Driving style – the faster you drive and the more often you stop also affects wear and tear
Manual transmission – downshifting to control speed instead of using the brakes can greatly extend pad life
What Should be Included?
The services provided depend on your car’s needs. The following are the typical procedures and services that make up a complete repair job.
Road test or in-shop diagnostic tests to find the problems and the vehicle’s current condition
Removing wheels to inspect and replace mounting clips, brake pads, calipers, rotors, fluid, hoses, shims and lines.
Removing, cleaning and installing bearings, rotors, calipers and hoses
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How Do You Break In Brake Pads?
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It is quite obvious that you would like to optimize the performance of your car’s brake system. One of the ways of achieving this goal is to break in your brake pads. The procedure is also known as bedding the brake pads and it is meant to get the most out of the new brake sets car.
In this article, we are going to outline the proper procedure that you should follow when bedding the brake pad and rotor.
If done properly, it can prevent the pads from warping and even optimizes the performance of the pads.
Why Should I Break In the Pads
The main reason for doing a proper break in procedure is to ensure that an even layer of friction material is deposited on the rotor.
Of course, this friction material is coming from the brake pads.
You should do a bedding procedure right after installing new brake pads on your car.
Why should the friction material be evenly distributed on the brake rotor?
An even distribution of the friction material which is also known as the transfer material helps to improve the overall performance of the brake pads.
Even distribution also improves the process of friction generation by the brake pads hence increasing the lifespan of the brake pads.
In short, breaking in the brake pads is a procedure that you must undertake in case you want to get the best out of your brake pads.
The Procedure for Breaking In the Brake Pads
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Now that I have known breaking in brake pads is an important procedure, how do I execute it?
Don’t worry, here is a well-outlined procedure of bedding in the brake pads of your vehicle.
Step 1: Do medium stops
For the first few miles, try to do at least 3-4 medium stops. Accelerate to the top speed of 45MPH then try to stop the car.
A medium stop is a little bit aggressive than the normal braking and is meant to raise the temperature of the brake rotors so that they are not exposed to the thermal shock.
The step also protects the brake pads from the effects of excess sudden pressure.
Step 2: From 60MPH to 5MPH
Increase the speed of your car to 45MPH but do not bring it to a complete stop. Instead, decelerate to 5MPH.
In this step, it is advisable to make at least 10 aggressive stops but it should not be up to the point that locks up the wheels.
From 5MPH try to go back to 60MPH again and repeat doing so 10 times.
Step 3: Stop the Vehicle so that the brake pads can cool.
You can stop the vehicle and even turn it off. This is to allow the brake pads to cool down.
At this point, you will notice that the brake pads are extremely hot and even the pad material is not evenly distributed.
Do not drive the vehicle until the brake pads have completely cooled off.
Once the brakes cool down, the surface of the brake pads will stabilize and become even.
After a couple of minutes when the brake pads have regained their initial temperature, you can resume with your normal driving.
And that is how to break in your car pads and rotors.
But, how will know that the bedding procedure has been successful or not?
The easiest way to tell this is by observing a change in the color of the brake pads.
Once you are done, you should be able to notice a distinctive color change on the brake pads.
This new color is basically the transfer layer of the brake pads.
You will also notice some changes on the brake rotors.
There will be a gray film deposit and a blue tint on the rotor.
The gray film is basically the pad transfer material.
The blue tint shows that the brake rotor has attained the maximum temperatures that are required for the bedding process.
As you can see, there are no complex procedures that are involved neither do you need to hire a mechanic to do the job.
It is a procedure that you can do on your own.
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While this procedure applies to most vehicles, some cars have two cycles of bedding procedure.
This means you have to do the procedure twice after replacing the disc brake pads.
You may also have to do a two-cycle in the case where you are installing new brake pads on old rotors or old brake pads on new rotors.
For a 2-cycle bedding procedure, ensure that there are a 15-20 minutes time intervals between the two procedures.
Safety Tips for Braking In New Brake Pads
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While the process of breaking in the brake pads looks so simple, do not throw caution to the wind.
There are numerous safety procedures that you should follow.
Here are some of these tips:
-Road Safety: Go to roads that are not so busy. In fact, you should travel out of the city in order to do a proper brake pad bedding.
This will help to prevent cases of accidents. You will be able to carry out the procedure without worrying about your safety.
-Break in the pads moderately: Do not be extremely aggressive when bedding the brake pads. Being over aggressive can lead to excessive accumulation of heat which can end up causing more damage to the brake pads.
-Avoid Towing: Don’t tow anything that is heavy as it may have negative impacts on the state of the brake pads.
-Manufacturer’s Guide: Check the instructions of the brake pad manufacturer to find any valuable information with regards to the brake pad bedding.
Once you observe these tips, you will be able to break in the brake pads safely and efficiently.
What Will Happen If I Don’t Break In Brake Pads?
Are there consequences for not breaking in the brake pads?
Yes, there are some repercussions that you will have to pay if you fail to bed the brake pads.
Some of these consequences include:
-Wanting brake performance
-Reduced lifespan of brakes
-Increase car brakes service cost
If you want to avoid these consequences, consider bedding the brake pads just after installing them
I hope that you now know everything that entails the breaking in brake pads. It can help you minimize the car brakes repair cost.
In case you are not sure about the procedure, don’t hesitate to consult a car brake specialist.