Brake Pad Replacement

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New Toyota Brake Pads in Dearborn, MI

Brake pads are designed to absorb heat and energy and play a critical part in your brake system and work in unison with the rotors and the brake pad shims which help to reduce vibrations. Brake pads are designed to fit between the brake drum and brake show and work in conjunction with the brake pads and other components such as the rotors, discs, and calipers. Specialty coatings such as metallic, ceramic or organic serve as a protective coating and will slowly wear away each time the vehicle is operated.

When Should Brake Pads be Replaced?

Brake pads are designed to drive typically up to 35,000 miles. However, this may vary depending largely upon whether the driver habitually depresses the brake while driving, which increases brake pad wear. Other factors such as whether the vehicle is driven daily in Wayne County while commuting to work or in rural areas where a vehicle may be exposed frequently to high levels of dust and dirt may affect the rate of brake pad wear. Additional signs of possible brake pad replacement are:

  • Grinding or screeching noise – this is typically one of the first noticeable symptoms of worn brake pads. This noise is created by design via a metallic shim indicator within the brake pad that can be heard once the brake pad begins to wear, exposing the indicator. When this occurs, it is recommended to visit a specialist for service.
  • Visual inspection of brake pad reveals wear – because the brake pads can be seen through the spokes of the tire, you can determine its current thickness. If the pad measures less than 3 millimeters or approximately 1/4 inch, it is recommended to seek brake service.
  • The brake pad wear indicator light – if you notice the yellow brake pad wear indicator light illuminate on the dashboard, this is a warning that the brake pads are low or worn and may need to be replaced. It is important to have your vehicle serviced by a technician as soon as possible.

It is important to not ignore the warning signs of worn brake pads as this may result in brake failure and expensive damage to your vehicle. When brake pads wear down to less than 1/4 inch, the metal clamps that hold the brake pads in place will grind against the rotor and cause warping and damage. If worn brake pads are not replaced when needed, damage to the brake calipers can occur which can lead to costly repairs.

LaFontaine Toyota Service Center

LaFontaine Toyota proudly serves the Detroit, Taylor, and Westland, MI area. We offer after hour drop off and loaner vehicles for your convenience. Call our service department today to schedule an appointment at (833) 292-6875.

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