HOW TO CHANGE BRAKE PADS

Since brakes are vital to help keep you safe on the roads, every component needs to be in working order. Otherwise, you’re putting you and others on the roads of North Andover, Peabody, and Danvers at risk.

Brake pads are a major part of the braking system, so they need to be replaced if they get too worn down. We’ll tell you how to change brake pads below, so read through our informative guide, and CONTACT IRA LEXUS OF DANVERS if you have any questions!

STEPS TO CHANGE BRAKE PADS

To replace the brake pads, just follow these easy steps:

1. Loosen the lug nuts, jack the car up, and secure it onto jack stands.
2. Remove the caliper assembly and old brake pads.
3. Apply grease to the back of the new brake pads, then place them where the old ones were.
4. Replace the brake caliper assembly.
5. Place the tire back onto the brake rotor and tighten the lug nuts.
6. Remove the jack stands from under the vehicle and slowly lower it back down to the ground.
Once that’s done, you’ll want to drive your car around the block a couple times. While driving, listen for any squeaking or squealing. If you hear strange noises, lift the vehicle again and make sure everything is securely in place.

WHEN YOU SHOULD CHANGE THE BRAKE PADS

Brake pads usually need to be replaced every 30,000 to 35,000 miles. However, this can vary based on driving patterns and the type of brake pads your vehicle is equipped with.

While the exact interval may be different for everyone, there are some warning signs that’ll indicate a brake pad replacement is needed. These include:
• Squealing noises: You may hear squealing or whining noises when you press down on the brakes for the first time in the morning. That could be from a rainstorm, for example, which could cause a thin layer of dust to form on the pads. However, if you continue to hear that sound, the brake pads will probably need to be replaced.
• Grinding or growling: If you hear a metallic grinding sound, the brake pads are probably worn away. The sound you’re hearing are the rotor and caliper making contact, which could quickly damage your braking system even further.
• Thinning pads: You can always visually inspect your brake pads to see if they need to be replaced. Look through the tire spokes to see the brake pad against the rotor; if it looks to be less than ¼-inch thick, it’ll need to be replaced as soon as possible.

WHERE TO GET A BRAKE PAD REPLACEMENT

While you could change the brake pads yourself, you might want to leave this to the experts at our service center. We’ve been performing this type of maintenance for many years, so we can do it quickly and efficiently. Additionally, we have access to all kinds of high-quality brake pads—not only will they fit perfectly inside your vehicle, they’ll also help keep you safe for a long time.

While we’re working on your car, you can relax in our comfortable lounge. Enjoy a beverage or snack and take advantage of our free Wi-Fi. However, if you’d rather drop the car off, feel free to either choose a loaner vehicle or let us drop you off and pick you up from your home or office.
Once you drop your car off at our service center, we’ll get to work right away. We’ll even wash it for you for free, ensuring it looks and feels as good as new by the time you get back to our dealership.

GET YOUR BRAKE PADS REPLACED TODAY!

If you need new brake pads near North Andover, Peabody, or Danvers, don’t wait. SCHEDULE SERVICE at Ira Lexus of Danvers today!