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The brake system is made up of many components, most vital of which is the brake pads and discs, which enable your car to come to a safe stop.

These parts wear down naturally overtime, making a replacement inevitable at some point in your vehicle’s life-cycle.

The job is relatively inexpensive and straightforward, but necessary for safety.

If you don’t need a full replacement, you can get prices for brake repairs as well as have your suspension inspected as it is a system often impacted by brake problems.


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Brake Pad Replacement and Brake Discs Fitting
Frequently asked questions
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How do I know if my brake pads are worn?

Brake pads make a distinctive noise when they need to be replaced. You may hear a screeching or squealing noise that doesn’t go away when you release the pedal. When braking, listen for a grumbling or grinding sound from your car.

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How do I know if I need new brake discs?

Typically, discs don’t need to be replaced as often as pads. However, worn brake pads pressing against a brake disc can cause increased wear or ‘scoring’ of the surface - which is why it’s so important to replace pads when you spot signs of wear.

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How often do you need to change brake discs?

Brake discs can last anywhere between 25 000 and 60 000 miles. This is dependent on the type of driving the vehicle is used for. You can expect brake discs to be changed at 25 000 with busy town centre driving.

However if a vehicle is used on the motorway it can do up to 60 000 before needing to be changed. What you may also find is that the front discs will probably need to be changed fist as they carry most of the weight when braking.

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How do I check my car’s brake pads?

Brakes naturally deteriorate over time and need to be changed, normally around 50 000 miles for discs and 30 000 miles for pads. To check them and thus work out whether they need replacing first see if the Brake warning light has illuminated on the dashboard.

Secondly, any squeaking or squealing noises are a sign replacement is required. The vehicle pulling to the left or right when braking (one pad may be more worn than another and will need replacing.) is another sign of a problem. Additionally, having to press the brake pedal all the way to the floor before the brakes are effective is a check which will tell you whether repair or replacement is required. 

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What is brake fade?

Brake fade is the temporary reduction or complete loss of brake power. It's caused by a build up of heat, which causes friction on the surface of the brake pads preventing the pads from working correctly. For example if brakes are continuously pressed when going down a steep hill you may get to the bottom and realise the brakes are no longer working. Brake fade is extremely dangerous because while pressing your brakes it may feel like they are still working.

Unexpected behaviour within the braking system such as increased stopping distance is a good indicator. To avoid brake fade it's best to drive steadily and reduce the gear rather than continuously press down on the brakes. If brake fade happens reduce gear to get to a speed where you can safely pull over. The brakes will be very hot from overheating but should be back to normal after cooling down for an hour. 

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Why is my brake warning light on?

There are 2 lights on the dashboard relevant to the brakes. The ABS warning light which refers to the anti-lock braking system. It could just be an issue with the sensor and in most cases will be safe to drive as long as there's no noise coming from the wheels, however it should be checked at some point by a mechanic. The brake warning light which looks like an exclamation mark again could be caused by a sensor issue, the brake pads or discs may need replacing or there's a leak. As long as the braking distance hasn't increased you can manage a trip to the mechanic. If both the ABS and brake warning lights are on at the same time the vehicle is unsafe to drive and there could be a major fault with the brakes.

Average rating for  Brake Pads and Discs  bookings

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How much does Brake Pads and Discs cost?

The cost of a Brake Pads and Discs can vary depending on your car due to differences in labour time and parts needed. Take a look below at the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar.com for some of the top car makes.


Brake Pads and Discs Cost by Car Make
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
Vauxhall£285.62
BMW£467.50
Ford£283.02
Volkswagen£278.08
Audi£308.79
Toyota£287.06
Mercedes£438.54
MINI£287.42
Volvo£291.21
Citroen£294.71
Peugeot£322.08
Nissan£322.83
Renault£334.01

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 29/06/2021 and 27/09/2021.

Brake Pads and Discs

To bring your car to a safe stop, the brakes get rid of the kinetic energy that helps the car to move by friction; converting this energy from the car’s motion into heat.

Your car's braking system is made up of the following components:

·      Discs which spin with your car's wheels

·      Pads which push on the discs to slow the car

·      Calipers which hold and push the pads

·      Lines (or 'Hoses') which carry Brake Fluid

·      Master Cylinder and Servo, which amplify the effort used when pushing down on the pedal.


The wear or failure of any one of these parts will cause extensive problems, making a repair or replacement necessary.

Modern cars have brakes on all four wheels which are operated by a hydraulic system and are made up of several components, all of which are subject to stress that may result in breakage.

The front set play the greater part in bringing a car to stop. This is because the weight of the car is thrown forward every time the vehicle brakes.

 

 

Brake Pads

Brake pads are a critical vehicle component as the car cannot come to a safe halt without them functioning properly. Pads are fitted to the calipers which push the pads into discs which are fitted to the car wheel. When a car is moving, the pads grip the discs to slow down the wheel and thus slow the whole car down. A high amount of heat energy is created from the resulting friction, which wears the pads down overtime.


Regular maintenance of brakes is imperative to keep safe and spot any damage that may require repair. If you would like to find out more about when your brakes need servicing read our dedicated guide.



Brake Discs

Brake discs are fitted to the wheel and are gripped by the pads. Replacement of the discs is more expensive than that of the pads. If a mechanic advises you to replace your discs, they will likely suggest changing the pads at the same time due to the low cost of the pad parts and the small amount of extra labour time needed.



How to change pads

Firstly, the wheel is removed, then the mechanic will unscrew the bolts which hold the part in place. The part is then taken off the caliper and a new pad is fitted. The same process will be applied for each of the pads that need to be replaced.

We have written a brake repair and replacement price comparison guide if you want to learn about the costs involved across different car makes.



Symptoms of faulty pads and discs

There are several signs that your pads and discs are not operating properly. If your car is taking much longer to come to a stop, that is the most obvious indication there is a problem present.


Other signs include:

·      Burning smell

·      Spongy pedal

·      Screeching noise

·      Grinding noise

·      Pulling to one side

·      Squeaking noise



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