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Brake Repair Edmonton

It should go without saying that brakes are one of the most important aspects of your vehicle. Well functioning brakes are all that stands in between you and a potential collision. Adverse weather conditions only exacerbate the stress and dependence on your brake system. 

6 Signs Your Brake Pads Needs Replacing


Squeaking or Squealing Noise

If you are hearing a high pitched squeak or squeal coming from your brakes, this probably means that the pads on your brakes have worn out. These pads are usually made of a composite material consisting of copper, steel and graphite bonded with resin. They are designed in such a way to quietly and safely grip the brake rotor and bring your vehicle to a halt. If you start hearing noises when applying the brakes, this probably means that your pads are worn out and there is metal-on-metal contact occurring.


Deep Grinding Metal Sound

If a squeak or squeal is left untreated for long enough, you’re going to start hearing some deep grinding noises. This means that your brake pads are completely shot and the rotor is now creating friction with the metal caliper. In this situation, every time you apply the brakes you are causing significant damage to your vehicle. Repair costs will skyrocket.


Taking Longer To Stop

If you find that your vehicle is taking longer to stop than before, this means that your brakes are in need of servicing. This can be hard to judge because your brakes will deteriorate at a very gradual rate so it might be a little tough to gauge just what is an appropriate braking distance. Being accustomed to bad brakes and coping is unsafe for you and others on the road. If you have any doubt, bring your vehicle to a licensed technician for a diagnosis.


Vibrating Brake Pedal

If you experience a vibrating sensation when you depress the brake pedal, this means that your pads are either damaged, or clogged up with debris. The vibration is caused from inconsistent contact on the brake rotor.


Brake Pads Appear Less Than ¼” Thick

If you are equipped and informed enough to take matters into your own hands, you may decide to take a look at the brakes yourself. When inspecting the brake pads, if they appear less than a ¼” thick, they will need to be replaced. Use extreme caution when doing any work to your vehicle. If you are replacing the pads yourself, make sure you get the right set and that you install them properly.


Brake Pad Indicator Light Comes On

Some cars are equipped with a brake indicator warning light on the information area of the dashboard. If this indicator is illuminated, it’s time to replace those brake pads.

What Happens If I Don't Change My Brakes Pads?

If you don’t replace your brake pads, you will most likely experience one, or all of the above mentioned signs. Long story short, you will be endangering the lives of yourself, and everybody else on the road.

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers about brake services

How Often Should I Change My Brake Pads?

The general consensus is every 30,000-50,000 miles under regular circumstances. If you do a lot of driving, or live somewhere that experiences extreme weather, this number might be much lower.

Can I Replace Brake Pads and Not Rotors?

Yes, sometimes. If you have identified the failing brake system early enough, or have committed to a regular maintenance schedule, chances are the pads will just need to be replaced. However, if you have driven with worn out pads for too long, the rotor may have incurred too much damage to not be replaced.

Should I Replace All 4 Brake Pads At Once?

Yes. Generally, all 4 brake pads will have deteriorated at the same rate, so if one pad is in need of replacing, they all need replacing.

When Do I Have To Replace My Rotor?

Your rotors should be replaced every other time you replace your brake pads, or approximately 70,000 miles. However, this is not always the case as your rotors may have incurred damage from bad brake pads. If you have a noisy brake system in your vehicle, chances are that your rotors have been damaged and will need swapping out sooner than regular.

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9821 44 Ave NW #1, Edmonton, AB T6E 5E3

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From basic preventative maintenance to full service repairs, Choi Motorsport is the right choice for quality car care with an emphasis on customer service and honesty. When you bring your vehicle to us, it is in the best possible hands and you can rest assured that it will receive the highest quality care and returned to you in a timely manner.

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