Any driver understands that brakes are an important part of your vehicle, but do you know how to take care of them? Especially when it comes to replacing your brake pads?

What Are Brake Pads?

There are four main parts to your brakes and they are all connected, sort of like your arm bones are connected to one another. When you press down on the brake pedal this sends brake fluid to the calipers, which look like a bike's rubber brakes. The calipers squeeze the brake pads that presses against the metal rotors that are attached to your wheels and stops the wheels from turning. While every piece of the braking process is important, the brake pad serves more than one purpose and is the first piece to require service.

The brake pad basically acts as a cushion between the calipers and the metal rotors. It also helps cool the heat your tire's friction produce. Over time this pad, whether it's made from rubber, Kevlar, or is a metallic pad, will wear and your calipers will start to hit the rotors making a loud squealing noise every time you apply the brakes.

This is one of the many signs that you need your brakes inspected and a loud squeal is mainly due to your brake pads being too thin. You should always inspect your brake pads to make sure that they are at least a quarter of an inch thick. You can check for wear by looking between the wheel's spokes and finding the outside pad, which will be up against a metal rotor. It's also recommended to have your brakes inspected at every oil change/tire rotation.

Where Can I Have My Audi Car's Or SUV's Brake Pads Replaced?

Here at Audi McKinney we would love to replace your brake pads for you. Whether you know it's time for new brake pads or you'd like us to inspect your vehicle to find out, feel free to schedule a service appointment today!

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