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Every driver understands the importance of a vehicle’s braking system, and most people understand there is going to be a need for regular maintenance to keep the brakes in good working order, which can be relied on. From this point, some people are fully aware of the various brake parts’ intricacies that provide stopping power, and others don’t know anything about the system. Brake pad replacement is the most common brake maintenance procedure, typically needed after about 30,000-35,000 miles, although that number can change depending on the type of vehicle and driving style.
The wheels and tires have to come off to replace the brake pads, the old brake pads are removed, and the new ones are installed. It doesn’t sound very difficult, and it isn’t for a professional technician, but some of the components that hold the pads in place can be tricky or confusing to assemble correctly. There’s also the fact that some cars have disc brakes on all four wheels while other cars only have disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes on the rear, meaning the front and back brakes are entirely different styles and designs.
When brake pads begin to go bad, they begin to make a high pitched squealing sound. This is because a thin wire is built inside the pad at the proper depth to make such an annoying sound against the disc or drum when the pads are worn thin enough to need replacement. At such times, anytime you press down on the brake pedal, the sound will be a disturbance, and you’ll realize the need for new brake pads. The best way to know for sure when your brake pads need replacement is to have your brakes inspected via regular multi-point inspections each time you have your oil changed. Our technicians can quickly determine how much life is left in your front and rear brake pads and give you an estimate of when you should have them changed.
For brake pad replacement or any other maintenance and repairs your Chevrolet Buick GMC vehicle needs in Champaign County, including such areas as Urbana, Savoy, Mahomet, and St. Joseph, give us a call at Sierra Buick GMC of Champaign. Our technicians are highly trained and skilled, and our full-service shop has the tools and equipment to take care of any needs your car might have.