The brakes on your Toyota are under constant pressure as you drive around Sierra Vista and other places in and around Cochise County. Brake pads enable you to slow your car down to reduce speed and come to a complete stop in time for traffic and stops. Your Toyota vehicle’s essential components will wear down to the point where there’s nothing left of the brake pads and make stopping your car difficult. Don’t put off getting new brake parts, especially if you hear squealing and grinding noises when you press the brake pedal. You wind up spending more on new brake parts and service to get your Toyota stopping as it should.
Brake pads are made of ceramic, organic or semi-metallic materials and are held in place by a caliper. Whenever you press the brakes, the caliper squeezes the pads against a flat metal plate known as a rotor or disc. If you don’t replace your brake pads on a regular basis and let the pads wear down to the metal backing, you run the risk of damaging your rotors. When your rotors are damaged to a point where they can’t be reused or resurfaced, you have to spend extra money on getting replacements. Getting your brake parts checked for wear helps you anticipate when you should get brake pads replacement service.
Brake pads last anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 miles on average. The actual mileage at which you replace your brake pads depends on how often you drive, your average driving conditions and your personal driving habits. Another influencing factor is the type of material your brake pads are made from. Some materials wear down faster than others and require replacement sooner than you might think. Last, but not least, is the fact that front pads wear down more quickly than the rear pads due to the weight distribution in a vehicle.
A majority of the weight of a vehicle is in the front end due to the engine placement. That means the front brakes do more work to stop the vehicle than the rear brakes. Your front brake pads are going to wear down sooner than the rear pads and you might find that you replace the fronts more often than the rears.