Brake Pad Service & Replacement
Get your brake pads replaced from just $150 Per Set
Your brake pads are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. A worn out brake pad can increase your distance to stop, which means it is potentially life saver.
Other than that, worn out brake pads may damage your disc rotors – which is something quite expensive to replace.
What do your Brake Pads do?
A brake pad – like the name implies is a thin pad or block made of ceramic and or semi-metallic materials which presses on the disc in a disc brake. As it squeezes your disc rotors – it slows the rotation of your wheels and your vehicle eventually comes to a stop.
Why it’s necessary to replace it?
- Worn out pads will take more distance to bring your vehicle to a stop. Which may not allow you to stop in time in case of an emergency causing harm to you, your family or other motorist on the road
- Damage the Disc Rotors (normally more time consuming and expensive to replace than just the pads)
When should you replace? (Symptoms to look out for)
Typically, you can expect your brake pads to last anywhere between 40,000km – 100,000 km’s
Yes, there is a large difference because it greatly depends on your driving style and where you drive and type of material they are made from.
If you like to drive fast and brake hard – then it would mean your pads will be working overtime and it will wear out much quicker.
But if you are a slow driver, perhaps on a freeway – where you don’t need to stop much, therefore your brake pads aren’t worn much – which would mean it would last a lot longer.
Think of the pad like block of wood – the more you sand it, the thinner it gets. Similarly the pad will press against the rotor, effectively sanding it every time you brake. And the more you do it, the faster it will become thin and need replacement.
Rather than a predetermined time frame or asking how many km’s can you get from brake pads.
It’s best to look for these symptoms when deciding to replace your brake pad:
One of the major symptoms to change your brake pads, is when it makes a squealing noise when you apply the brakes.
This is when the wear indicator (a small piece of metal) grinds against the rotor, when your pads have reached a certain level.
Others may include:
- High pitch noise coming from wheels
- Sign of dark fluid leaking
- Having to step harder on the brake pedal
- ABS caution light is on
- Slight loss of control when applying brakes
- Less than 3mm of pad left – you should get your brakes inspected.
What is the cost of replacement?
We normally recommend replacing a set (both sides of the axle simultaneously) to evenly balance the braking system.
For a set of standard generic brand brake pads start from $150 to $200+ for higher quality pads such as Bendix.
We recommend higher quality pads for all vehicles as they are more durable and less likely to make noises.
How long does it take to replace brake pads?
The entire process of replacing your brake pads shouldn’t take more than 2 hours – depending on how many axles and pads we are changing.
During this process, we will also normally test the thickness of your disc rotors and compare to factory recommendations to see if we need to service or replace them.
What is the basic process of a replacement?
- We will inspect your brake pads
- Discuss what is the best option for your vehicle
- If you decide to get it replaced, we will raise your vehicle on our hoist.
- Remove the wheels
- Remove the brake callipers and inspect
- Remove the old brake pads
- Check the disc rotors for thickness (compare with factory recommendations)
- Insert the new brake pads
- Reassemble callipers and wheels
- Test drive the vehicle and brakes to ensure everything is in perfect working condition.
Your brake pads are a crucial component for when you want to stop your vehicle. A couple centimetres late in stopping could be the difference between a minor accident to a serious accident!
So what we recommend is to keep an eye out for some of the symptoms (above) that may require you to replace your pads.
It can also be quite costly if not replaced when needed.
If the brake pad are worn out, then it can leave deep, circular shaped marks and grooves on the disc rotor.
This causes an uneven surface on the disc rotors which will need replacing or machining.
Which cost significantly more than changing your brake pads. Save the money and the headaches by addressing the issues in a timely manner.
If you are unsure, you can always bring your car to our workshop at 62 Henderson Road, Clayton 3168 for a FREE Inspection.
We are located around 25 mins from Melbourne CBD. 5 Minutes walk from Monash Uni (Clayton Campus).
Alternatively, submit a message here with your make, model, year of car and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.