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Make Sure to Keep Your Brake Pads in Good Working Order

Protect and maintain this integral car part

While you might not think of it at first, brake pads are an integral part of your car, as your brakes can sometimes be the only thing between you and a serious car accident. Because of this, obviously you want to take good care of your brakes, and by extension your brake pads, and ensure that they are in good working order and can last you longer without having to deal with costly repairs or replacements. While everyone knows what the brakes are, some people aren’t sure exactly about brake pads. Brake pads are steel backing plates with friction material that apply pressure and friction to a car’s brake rotors. This pressure and friction is what actually slows and stops the wheels of your car. With that mind, they are definitely a component of your vehicle you want to make sure is in the best working condition possible.

Keep your brake pads working smoothly

Now, no matter what you do, eventually, your brakes will fail and fall apart with use, as they are what is known as a “wear” part, and trying to extend a brake pad’s life for too long will just end up costing you more in the end, because if it wears away and metal touches metal, you can seriously damage your car. That being said, there are still plenty of things you can do to keep your brakes effective for longer. The most obvious: slow down! Braking from a high speed is one of the easiest ways to mess up and wear out both your brakes and your brake pads. Plan ahead when you see a stop coming up and start to slow down instead of just slamming to a stop. Also, make sure to periodically change your brake fluid. Brake fluid naturally attracts water and when you have to slam the brakes to make an emergency stop, that water boils from the heat of the friction and severely reduces your brake effectiveness. Water also can create internal corrosion and ruin rubber sealing. Your biggest enemy though is excessive heat, which is the general cause of brake pad failure. They are designed to operate within a certain temperature range and when they get above that range it will wear much faster and begin to crumble and decompose. Again, this heat is caused by the friction that comes from having to stop too quickly.

Final word

So treat your brake pads right and they’ll protect you and car from potential accidents. And when your brakes or your brake pads are in need of service, make sure to call Albuquerque’s brake repair experts at (505) 271-8000.

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