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How Much Do Brake Pads Cost and Why You Should Consider Replacing Them

Without pointing out the obvious, aside from the engine your brakes are one of the most important parts on any vehicle and making sure your brakes work properly is massively important for a wide number of reasons.


When it comes to brakes, the most important part of the entire braking system is no doubt your brake pads because they are designed to bring you to a near immediate stop and without them working properly, you're putting yourself and everyone around you in danger.



How Often Should I Replace My Brake Pads?


On average, your brake pads should be replaced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, but that can change depending on driving conditions, how you drive and the car itself.


The good news is that when your brake pads are approaching the end of their lifespan, you'll most likely experience small symptoms, making diagnosis and repairs straightforward. Here are five signs it's time to replace your brake pads.


1. Brake Squealing or Squeaking


When your brake pads are approaching the end of their life, the first indication you may hear is a squeaking or squealing sound coming from the brakes. Squealing brake pads are generally brought on by overly worn down pads. You may start to hear a grinding noise when you wear down your pads enough, at which point your discs may begin to get damaged, making repair even more expensive.


2. Grinding When Braking


If you're hearing a grinding noise while you're applying pressure to the brakes, you will need to have your brakes looked at quickly by your mechanic. The noise is likely to be coming from the metal backing plates on the pads making contact with your discs, due to all of the friction material being worn away from your pad.


At this stage you are very likely to have scored the discs and therefore need to replace them along with the pads. The good news is the brakes will still function, but leaving it until the pads are completely worn down will increase your replacement cost, as you will also need to replace the discs as well.


3. Vibration When Braking


Vibration when braking is often an indication of warped discs or uneven brake pad wear so if you're experiencing vibration whilst braking, it is important to go and get them checked out.


4. Longer Stopping Time


One of the more obvious signs that your brakes need to be serviced or replaced is slower braking distances or times. If your brakes feel spongy or you need to apply more pressure to bring your car to a stop than usual then it may mean your brake pads are worn down or that your brake fluid is low or leaking.


5. Brake Warning Light


Many modern vehicles will have a warning light that appears on your dash indicating your brakes are faulty or in need of servicing. It is important to note your brake light won't always come on if there is an issue, so look out for the other 4 points we've outlined here.



What to do if you're experiencing these signs?


If your vehicle can operate properly and your brakes are effective then you should seek help with your garage to check and repair/service your brakes.


If your brakes have become ineffective and are not stopping your car, it would be unsafe to drive anywhere. We suggest you call your garage and ask for a tow to the garage or have a mobile repair unit come to you.


It can be very unsafe to drive your car when the brake pads are ineffective so if you're experiencing any of these signs, please seek help as soon as you can.


How much does it cost to replace Brake Pads?


It is advisable to have your brakes regularly checked by your garage, it's more cost effective in the long run to replace pads slightly early rather than allow them to damage the discs. Having said that, your discs will need replacing regularly, however as a rule expect that discs will be replaced every other pads change. Again, this depends on driving style.


Brake Pad Replacement can usually cost between £120 - £160 per pair depending on the make and model of your vehicle.


In some cases, brakes simply need cleaning, re-lubricating and adjusting, and here at The Garage, Eccleshall we offer brake servicing from £70. We will also advise on likely brake life, and therefore when they are likely to need replacing based on our understanding of your driving style and mileage.


Book in your car for a free brake check or brake service by calling 01785 851239 or emailing customer@roadspeed.co.uk


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