As a general rule, brake pads should be serviced every 50,000 miles or so, but this could vary based on your driving habits. However, for some reason, people tend to ignore the signs that their brake pads are failing, and continue about their daily driving habits despite having clearly degrading pads.
Brake failure isn’t the only problem this could cause—ignoring the signs that you need brake service could cause additional, highly expensive forms of damage to your vehicle.
Here are a couple examples of things that could happen to your car if you go too long before getting brake service in Port Charlotte, FL.
Brake caliper damage
Brake calipers are the metal plates that essentially hold the brake pads in place, keeping them pressed up against the rotor. In some cases, if you wait too long to get your brake pads replaced, the ones you have on your vehicle will deteriorate to the point where the calipers grind against the rotor. In such a case, the calipers themselves could be destroyed, along with the rotor. The pistons that push the calipers into place might also eject from their position.
The costs of replacing brake calipers varies mostly based on the kind of vehicle you have. However, you can generally expect to pay at least several hundred dollars, and if you have a luxury vehicle the costs only get more expensive.
If you don’t know much about cars, you probably don’t know that the primary purpose of a brake pad is to protect the rotor. As you press down on the brake pedal with your foot, the brake pads press down on the rotor to generate friction. This friction slows the vehicle down to the point of stopping. Brake pads ensure an even distribution of the heat that results from the friction to ensure your vehicle stops safely without overheating.
If you allow your brake pads to wear down to the point where they measure less than a quarter of an inch wide, you can expect a couple of problems to arise with the rotor. First and foremost, the brake pads are attached to metal clamps. When brake pads are thinned down to less than a quarter of an inch, these clamps will start to grind on the rotor, which could cause it to break, or at least warp.
In addition, a lack of sufficient brake pads means the heat resulting from the stopping friction will not properly disperse itself. This could cause your entire braking system to overheat and ultimately fail.
Resurfacing rotors can become quite expensive, and you have to consider you’ll also be replacing brake pads at the same time. It’s better to get ahead of your maintenance and replace your brake pads before this becomes a realistic possibility.
These are just a couple of examples of what could happen if you ignore the signs that you need brake service in Port Charlotte, FL. Contact Ice Cold Auto Repair today with any questions, or to schedule an appointment.
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