How to Change Brake Pads
A braking system is composed of many significant parts, such as the calipers, rotors, and brake pads. They all need to be in good shape for the brakes to work effectively. Otherwise, you may not be able to stop your vehicle when traveling around Santa Fe, White Rock, or La Cienega.
One way to maintain the health of your Land Rover’s braking system is to replace the brake pads when necessary. We’ll tell you exactly how to change brake pads, as well as how it can be done at Land Rover Santa Fe today.
Steps to Changing Brake Pads
The subsequent steps will need to be done in order to replace the brake pads…
- Loosen the lug nuts, then jack up the car.
- Take the brake caliper assembly off the rotor, then remove the old brake pads.
- Replace the brake pads.
- Replace the brake caliper assembly.
- Place the tire back on the rotor and tighten up the lug nuts.
- Remove the jack stands from under the vehicle and slowly lower it to the ground.
Once you’ve replaced the brake pads, you’ll want to drive your car around the block a couple times. This is so you can test the brake pads at low speeds and listen for any squeaks or scraping. If you hear any strange noises, then lift the automobile again and make sure everything is securely in place.
Brake Pad Change Interval
Brake pads usually need to be changed every 50,000 miles. However, some need to be replaced after 25,000 miles, while others can go as long as 70,000 miles before needing to be changed.
This wide range stems from a variety of factors. These include driving habits, environment, and the type of brake pads used on your automobile.
While the brake pad change interval may not always be clear, there are signs that’ll indicate when a replacement is needed.
One of them is hearing deep, low noises that sound like metal grinding. This means that the brake pads are so worn that the brake rotors and calipers are making contact. The metal-on-metal contact can cause further damage to the braking system, so the brake pads will need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Ways to Extend Brake Pad Life
As we mentioned before, different things can lead to needing a brake pad replacement sooner rather than later. However, there are ways you can extend brake pad life.
For example, you’ll want pay attention to your daily driving patterns. Traveling quickly and then slamming on the brakes can weaken the brake pads. Therefore, you’ll want to get into the habit of gently coasting to a stop.
You also don’t want to ride the brakes, which is when you’re consistently pressing down on the brake without ever fully stopping. This is especially common when traveling downhill. So, in this situation, you’ll want to drive in a lower gear. Otherwise, you’d create friction and a lot of heat. The more heat you generate, the greater the wear on all the brake system components.
Schedule Brake Service Today
While you could change your vehicle’s brake pads yourself, we recommend letting a professional handle it. That’s because they have years of experience replacing brake pads on all types of automobiles.
Our certified technicians will work quickly and efficiently to get your vehicle like new again. Plus, we’ll only use genuine parts to help you drive around Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega in a well-performing Land Rover for a long time.
So, don’t wait. Schedule a brake pad replacement at Land Rover Santa Fe today!