independerThe brake pads are an essential part if you want to be safe on the road with your car. How long do they last? How often should you check that they are still OK? Independer.be advises.
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If you want to drive around safely with your car, the braking system is one of the most important safety measures in your car to cherish. It is therefore important to have your brake pads and brake discs checked regularly.
How the braking system works
Nowadays disc brakes are usually used in cars. When you press your brake pedal, the brake pads are pressed against the brake discs on which they rest. This creates friction that slows down the disc and everything connected to it. The braking force of the brake pads must be quite high to slow the car down, which is why cars are equipped with a brake booster.
Check your brake pads regularly
Because a properly functioning brake system is essential for the safety of your car, the brake system is also checked in the garage with every minor maintenance of the car.
On average, brake pads last between 30,000 and 50,000 kilometers. It can of course do no harm to have the brake pads checked regularly earlier, for example after every 15,000 kilometres. Many new cars are equipped with a wear indicator, which automatically warns you when your brake pads need to be replaced. You will then receive a message on your instrument panel, or hear an acoustic signal. If you don’t have an indicator but you hear a dragging or squeaking noise, you know that your brake pads are completely worn out and that they need to be replaced urgently. Visual inspection is also possible, but you have to remove your wheels for that. Your brake pads must be at least 3mm thick in the front and 2mm in the back.
By the way, did you know that the insurer can invoke the ‘lapse of cover’ in the event of an accident caused by malfunctioning brakes? In this way he rules out an intervention. Better to have it checked regularly!
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How can you extend the life of brake pads?
As a driver, you are largely in control of the wear of your brake pads. If you drive defensively and not aggressively, you can be sure that your brake pads wear out less quickly. If you anticipate traffic situations, you need to brake less abruptly. Precisely that ‘aggressive braking’ is of course detrimental to the life of your brake pads. Also adjust your speed to the weather conditions, especially in rainy weather. If you drive less fast, the car has a shorter braking distance. Result: your brake pads will wear out less quickly!
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