Brake Pad Replacement
Working brakes save lives
Brake repairs are what many people think about when it comes to being safe, but focusing on brake maintenance is much more vital to your safety. When your brakes are properly maintained they shouldn't need to be repaired.
Neglecting your brake maintenance will affect your cars' ability to stop rapidly and safely, putting you and your passengers at risk.
Regular brake maintenance means that you can relax knowing that your brakes will be working correctly when you need it most: in an emergency! At Matlin Auto in Richmond, we will also inspect your car on our Platetronics Safe-T-Stop machine, making sure that wheels, tyres, suspension and brakes work in unison for your car to start, drive and stop as expected.
When it comes to Brake Maintenance, you should never take a risk. If you're not sure if your brake maintenance is 100% - call a professional. Today.
Your brake pads are a vital element of your braking system and they are a part that you should pay attention to. Friction is caused when the brake pads compress against the brake rotors and this friction makes your car stop. So your brake pads are working really hard, really often. The force they need to apply to stop a moving vehicle is extreme and generates a lot of heat which wears down the brake pads.
Worn brake pads means less effective braking which is hazardous to you and others on the road. And so regular inspection and measuring of your brake pad's condition is crucial.
Click on the questions below for answers to our FAQ's
How do I know if my brake pads need replacing?
Squealing brakes can be a sign that your brake pads are wearing down; many pads have a small metal piece embedded in them which scrapes on the disc when your brake pads are wearing out, causing that high pitch noise. However, this doesn’t mean you should wait until you hear noises to get your pads checked, we recommend having your brakes inspected at every service.
It is important to remember that unusual brake sounds are not just caused by normal wear and any unusual noises anywhere in your car should always be investigated by a qualified professional mechanic.
At Matlin Auto Repairs we offer a free 65 Point Safety Check with every car service. As part of our Safety Check we inspect the brake pads for wear and let you know if they require replacing. We can also advise the right pad for your driving conditions.
How long before I will need to replace the brake pads?
Brake Pads can can last anywhere between 15,000 to 70,000 km's. This is dependant on a number of factors such as; regular heavy loads, driving style and conditions. If your brake pads are wearing out early your mechanic might advise using a heat resistant or heavier duty brake pad more suited to your vehicle.
Can I change the brake pads myself ?
Some things are best left to trained technicians and this is one of them. You should never let anyone but a qualified professional touch something as key to your safety as your braking system.
Matlin Auto Repairs are qualified to perform a wide range of brake services and repairs using quality parts, all covered by our Nationwide Warranty.
We can provide inspection, repair or replacement of many brake components such as:
- Brake Pads
- Brake Drums
- Brake Calipers
- Brake Rotors
- Brake Hoses/Clips/Springs
- Wheel Cylinders
- Wheel Bearings
- Master Cylinders