Tips for Brake Pad Maintenance
There may not be another part of your car that's more important to care for than the brake pads. If you can't stop, you're in serious trouble. Here are a few tips for brake pad maintenance that will help keep you safe.
Keep a Regular Schedule
Before anything else, you need to make sure that you set a schedule for how often you will check your brake system. A good schedule to follow is to check your brake pads and system every 12,000 miles.
Budget Your Money
As frustrating as it can be, set aside some money periodically to service your brakes. This can range from $60-$200, but it's better than the approximately $900 it costs to completely replace your brakes.
Listen for Noises
As most brake pads are built to squeal when it's approaching time to replace them, keep your ears open for any unfamiliar noises. Once you hear that squeal, you know it's time to have a look at them.
Now if you're wanting to do some of this work yourself you'll need:
When you first begin, remove the wheel and slider bolt. Follow this by pivoting the caliper up and sliding out the old brake pad. Replace the retaining clips, then slide on the new pad, then retract the pistons. Check on the fluid level, then reinstall the slide bolt and replace the wheel. You can then repeat these steps for the other brake pad.
We estimate doing this yourself might take about an hour, though you might want to leave yourself extra time if you're new to it. Enjoy saving money and feeling the satisfaction of working on your car yourself.
As long as you follow a few simples rules and keep a regular schedule, your brakes are going to remain healthy, which means that you are going to stay safe. Preventive measures may seem costly and time consuming at the time, but these precautions save you a lot of hassle in the long run.
So if you need any assistance just stop on by our Service Department at Parks Select today!