Brake pads are the most important part of your car's brakes because they slow and stop your Mercedes-Benz when you apply pressure to the brake pedal. Like all brake components, brake pads are subject to wear and tear over time and need to be replaced at regular intervals in order to keep you safe while driving. Brake pads need replacing as soon as they begin to wear down. Worn out pads can lead to diminished performance, causing your brakes to drag or even squeal when you press on the pedal.
What Exactly Are Brake Pads?
Brake pads are a type of friction material that is located on top of your car's braking system rotors. When you apply pressure to your vehicle's brake pedal, the discs contact these pads, slowing down or stopping your car.
Breakdown of the Braking Process
The braking process is a three-step process. First, your foot presses down on your brake pedal. Next, hydraulic pressure builds up in your brake system until it reaches a point where your wheels are forced to stop rotating. Lastly, there's a small bit of sliding between your wheels and road surface as friction kicks in, bringing you to a complete stop. Over time, these steps take their toll on your brakes. If you don't replace them, you'll be at risk for an accident.
Why Are Replacements Important?
It is estimated that 20 percent of brake-related accidents could be prevented with proper maintenance. That's why it's so important to have your brake pads replaced regularly, especially if you live in a state with severe weather conditions.
How Often Should Your Brake Pads be Replaced?
Most vehicles have an SAE recommendation for how often brake pads should be replaced. For most cars, you'll want to get your pads replaced every 40,000 miles or so or every two years. If you drive in a city that has frequent heavy traffic and usually comes to a complete stop at red lights or stop signs, then it's best to change your brakes every 20,000 to 30,000 miles.
The lifetime of your brake pads varies based on how you drive and how well you take care of your vehicle. That's why we invite you to bring your Mercedes-Benz to MBClinic Inc today for a brake inspection.