If you properly maintain the brakes on your car, they can last your tens of thousands of miles before you will need to replace them.  Still, your every vehicle’s CrossDrilledRotors.ca brake kits are mechanical and even the best-kept system will eventually wear down.  Expecting this will happen eventually will make it easier to deal with once it happens. In fact, you could prepare for this by learning how to check the lifeline of your brakes and even replace the parts yourself to save some money.

Identifying Your Braking System

Before you set out to change your brake pads you should understand that most vehicles have a “fixed caliper” assembly.  Some have a “sliding caliper” assembly.  Also, you should know that it is important to change your brake pads one side at a time and you need to change (or at least inspect) all four at the same time. Similarly, you need to know if your vehicle has drum brakes or disc brakes.  If your car was manufactured in around the turn of the century there is a very good chance you have disc brakes.

Check for Wear

As with most machines you will need to occasionally check for wear and tear.  Fortunately, most brake pads are designed to easily show this, built with a wear indicator that makes it easy to identify when it is time to change them.  This indicator is a small piece of metal embedded in the brake pad that will make contact with the rotor when the pad wears down too much.  You’ll know its time to change the pad when you hear metal scraping metal.

Disc Brake Types

You also need to know that there many different types of brakes designed to address various types of automotive driving.  Some brakes, for example, better serve racing vehicles while others are better served for hauling vehicles like trucks.  Ceramic composite disc brakes, in fact, are often used in high-performance cars as well as heavy vehicles.  As an example, Porsche has Composite Ceramic Brakes which are made from siliconized carbon-fiber that has a high-temperature capability which improves weight reduction over iron discs by as much as 50 percent.

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