At Watermark Nissan of Marion, we know that a smart driver is a safe driver. That's why our team has created this educational guide to help Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL, drivers spot brake problems early on.

Read on to learn more about brake pads what they do and why they should be changed every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. When it's time, schedule with us for your next replacement.

What Do Brake Pads Do?

First thing's first: What are brake pads? Brake pads are part of the brake system that applies pressure to a vehicle's brake rotors and creates friction to stop your vehicle.

The rotors are flat metal discs that spin as your car accelerates in speed. It's the job of the brake pads to grip the rotors to stop their rotation and produce the necessary friction to ultimately bring the vehicle to a stop. 

Are There Different Kinds of Brake Pads?

The most common type of brake pads are metallic. However, brake pads come in all different types based on what they are used for and what material they are made of.

Some different kinds of brake pads include:

  • Organic brake pads are made of organic material like glass and rubber.
  • Ceramic brake pads are lightweight and made of ceramic fibers.
  • Metallic  brake pads that are found in most vehicles and made from metal material.
  • Performance brake pads are used for high-performance vehicles-like racecars-and aide in handling turns.

When Do Brake Pads Need to Be Replaced?

Based on various reasons-like your car's weight or how fast your wheels rotate-brake pads are subject to extreme stress and inevitably will need to be replaced.

Most mechanics recommend getting your brake pads replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. This, of course, is subject to change depending on your everyday commute, driving conditions, brake usage, and so much more.

If you want a more accurate reading on the lifespan of your brake pads, you can always double check your vehicle's manual.

Signs You Need to Change Your Brake Pads

If you're not sure how many miles it's been since your replacement, there are other indicators that your car is overdue for brake service. If anything on the following list applies to your vehicle, there's a good chance you need new brake pads:

  1. Squeaking or Squealing: When you apply pressure to your brakes, high-pitched squeaking occurs.
  2. Grinding Feeling/Noise: When pushing down on your brakes, you feel metal material scraping against one another, making a grinding, gritting noise.
  3. Takes Longer to Stop: When you are braking, your vehicle takes a longer time to fully stop.
  4. Brake Warning Lights are On: Your Antilock Braking System (ABS) light or your brake system warning light are illuminated on your dashboard.

Get in touch with a brake tech immediately if you've recently had one or more of these car issues occur. 

Schedule With Us Today

Now that we've laid everything out that you need to know about your brake pads, it's time to schedule an appointment! Watermark Nissan of Marion is ready to be at your service.

Call or visit our website and we'll get you hooked up with one of our shop experts. Our goal for each appointment is to get you safely back on the road in your freshly serviced vehicle! If your near the Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, Illinois, area stop in for a consultation.

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