Understanding brake pads is crucial since they are perhaps the most significant safety element in our cars.


Each tyre on a car has its own brake pads, disc, and calliper that work together to stop the vehicle. 

The friction material of the pads is positioned in the calliper such that it is almost contacting both sides of the braking disc.


Each brake pad is forced on the brake disc from both sides when the brake pedal is pressed. As a consequence, friction builds up, and the car slows to a halt.


When you consider how often this basic motion is repeated over the course of a day, week, month, and year, you'll see why brake pads gradually wear down and need to be replaced on a regular basis.


What elements could impact the lifespan of your brake pads?


You can estimate how long your brake pads will last if you think about the following things.


Exactly where you drive


It's possible that your brake pads may last longer if you conduct most of your driving on the highway rather than in the city or on shorter trips.


Because you'll be making much more stops at traffic signals, roundabouts, and junctions than you would when driving on a highway, your brakes will wear out much faster on urban trips.


The weight of your vehicle


The normal weight the vehicle is carrying, such as four or five people, a completely filled trunk, pulling a caravan, etc., also contributes to brake pad wear. It takes less force to apply the brakes when you have a lighter car.


Since a car used by a family of five is plainly heavier than one driven by a couple, more force and wear on the brake pads are required to bring it to a stop in the same length of time. 


Types of brake pads


There is a wide range of quality when it comes to the pads you may install in your car:

  • Organic brake pads are often the least expensive option, but they wear out faster.
  • Although metallic brake pads make more noise than organic ones, they last a little longer in the long run.
  • Fused metal particles, such as copper and bronze, are used in sintered or semi-metallic brake pads. They provide great force to stop and last a long time, but they may shorten the lifespan of your brake discs.
  • Ceramic brake pads are more resilient and durable than their non-ceramic counterparts. These, however, are also more costly than similar options.


The number of miles you travel.


The more kilometres you drive, the more often you use your brakes, and the quicker your brake pads wear down, although this varies depending on the kind of road you drive on. It really is that easy.


Since the front of the vehicle bears most of the braking effort, its brake pads will wear out before those in the back.


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