Replacement brake pad cost.
What should the cost be to replace brake pads and rotors? The price of brake service is determined by several factors. The average cost per axle of a brake pad replacement is $250. Replacement brake pads and rotors cost around $600 per axle. Organic and semi-metallic pads are relatively cheap. A set of brake pads usually costs $50. The brake pads are only for one side. The front and rear brake pads are usually priced the same.
If your car requires ceramic brake pads or you upgrade to an aftermarket part such as Akebono-Wagner, then the cost of the brake pads may be between $150 and 200. The cost of repair will depend on the make and model of your vehicle. The parts for high-end cars are more expensive. Brake pads on a Honda Accord could cost $40, while Mercedes-AMG brake pads maybe $200.
Labor costs for a typical brake repair can range between $75 and $150. If you have to also replace the rotors, this can double your time.
What are brake pads, and how do they function?
First, let’s discuss the brake system. The brake pads form only one part of the entire system. Brake shoes are used in older cars, as brake drums do not have brake pads. The brake rotors of your vehicle are located behind the wheels. The brake rotors spin with the wheel.
Brake calipers are mounted on these rotors. The caliper is shaped like a C, with one side on either side. The calipers may be very close, but they do not touch the brake rotors. The brake pads can be found inside the calipers. When the brake pads contact your rotor, you will see your car slow down or even stop.
When you press the brake pedal, hydraulic brake fluid is forced through the calipers. When you press the brake pedal, the hydraulic brake fluid is forced into the calipers.
Brake pads can be made from a variety of materials. The most common brake pads are made of organic materials, semi-metallic brake pads, and ceramic brakes. What type of brake pads you select depends on your application. Each class has strengths and weaknesses. The pads needed for a daily driver will differ from those required on a high-performance vehicle.
Signs of worn brake pads.
When should you replace your brake pads? Pay attention to the car, and you will be able to recognize the signs that your brake pads are in need of replacement.
– Screeching or squealing noise
Most brake pads have wear indicators that let you know it’s time for a replacement. The indicator is made of a metal strip that rubs against the brake disc when the pad begins to wear. The metal strip begins to rub on the brake rotor when the brake pad wears out. The noise may be a squeal or squeak. You should replace your brake pads if you hear this sound. In modern cars, electronic indicators are built-in. Once the pad wears down, the circuit of the indicator is broken. The dashboard warning light will illuminate.
– Increased stopping distance
This is a sign that you need brake services and repairs. If you notice your car taking longer to stop, it’s time to take it to the mechanic. Your brake pads may be getting thinner and, therefore, not able to stop the car as effectively as before. It could be an indication of a leaking master cylinder. Have your vehicle checked immediately.
– Grinding noise
If you hear grinding, it could be that you have delayed the brake job for too long. The pads may have worn down to the metal backing plate on the pads. This is because the metal backing plate has now started to rub against your metal rotor. This can lead to serious damage. This can cause your brake fluid to overheat and damage your rotors. It could even start a fire. Do not drive if you hear your brakes grinding.
– Brake pedal
If you’re stopping downhill, you may feel the brake pedal pulse. If you feel your brake pedal pulsing, it could be because your brake rotors are warped.
How to replace brake pads and rotors.
How long do brake pads last? How often should brake pads be replaced? Most cars require that the pads be replaced after 40,000 to 60,000 miles. It depends on the make and model of your car, as well as your driving habits. If you drive daily to work and make frequent stops in traffic, the life expectancy of your brake pads will be reduced.
You may need to change your brake pads every 20,000 miles if they have soft friction. It is possible to get up to 75,000 kilometers out of a set of brake pads.
How to change brake pads on your own.
It may be that you decide to change your brake pads to save money. You can easily replace your brake pads if you have a mechanically inclined personality.
First, you will have to remove the wheel. Most people will only work on one wheel at once. Unbolt the caliper. You may need to wedge the small screwdriver between the old pads and the rotor in order to loosen the caliper. Be careful when removing the brake pads and caliper to not damage the brake lines.
You can remove the old pads after removing the caliper. You’ll then need to use a clamp or similar device to push the piston back into the caliper after removing the old brake pads. If you skip this step, you won’t be able to place the new pads on the rotor. You can now insert the new hardware in the caliper after the piston is pressed. Replace the caliper.
Repeat the procedure for the other wheel. Slowly depress the brake pedal after starting your vehicle. It is likely that the pedal will reach the floor. Release the pedal gently, then slowly press down again. The pedal should return to normal after 3 or 4 pedal presses as the pistons are pressed against the pads. The pads are now seated. You can drive the car and do some hard braking.
The Bottom Line
The replacement of brake pads is neither difficult nor expensive. Brake pads cost only $50 on most cars. You should only have to pay $300 if you take your car to a dealer. As soon as you notice worn-out brake pads, replace them immediately. The continued driving of a vehicle can lead to additional damage and is dangerous.