Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car’s safety system and they are also one of the most frequently used. Your brakes can be used every single day and making sure that they are in good shape is the only way you can be sure they are going to stop your car when it needs to stop.
Your brakes are made up of several parts, aside from the actual calipers that clamp down on the rotors, your car also has a set of four brake pads, two on the front and two on the back. These pads are thick rubber that is between the rotor and the caliper and helps to create additional friction to stop the car. When you press down on your brakes, the brake pads are going to come in contact with the rotor and create the additional friction that is needed to stop your car without damaging the rotors of the calipers.
Each time you press the brake pedal, the brake pads are going to be worn. They are going to heat up, they can reduce in thickness, and they can change in overall texture as well. When your brake pads wear, they become less effective. As they thin out it allows the calipers to come in contact with the rotors which can then warp them and require that the rotors be changed as well.
There is no real service schedule for replacing brake pads. The way you drive does affect the brake pads and how often you are going to need to change them. If you brake a great deal, drive a great deal, or you may break hard or ride your brakes, you are going to need to have them changed more often.
In order to determine if your brakes need to be changed, you should take your car to a reputable service center and make sure that your brake pads are in good shape. In most cases, you are not going to have to replace your brake pads more than once a year at the most.
Hansel Volkswagen offers a great customer waiting area and a team that is ready and waiting to help get your car back on the road. They offer a complimentary inspection with every service and they also offer complimentary Uber and Lyft services as needed. They have a state of the art facility and have Saturday hours as well so you can get your car in no matter what.
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