Inspect the brake system components every 10,000 km. Note whether there is metal dust on the brake pads. This is a sign they are severely worn. In most cases, the brake pads of the front axle need to be changed every 25,000–40,000 km and those of the rear axle every 40,000–60,000 km. If the thickness of the components reaches the minimum limit specified in the car’s service manual, they have to be replaced as soon as possible. The need to install new parts is also indicated by a wear sensor if they are equipped with one, a rasping noise when braking, increased braking distance, or excessive travel or vibration of the brake pedal.
Do I need to change all the brake pads at a time?
Brake pads need to be replaced as a set on an axle. This will ensure the highest braking performance. New components are pressed against the disc more firmly and stop the wheel faster. Installing them on one side only leads to impaired roadholding.
Can I replace brake pads myself?
Yes, you can. Before getting down to work, check out our PDF and video tutorials, and take care to look at the manufacturer’s instructions. You may need the following tools: a lug nut impact socket, ratchet wrench, torque wrench, tyre lever, brake caliper wind-back tool, combination wrench, pin punch, hammer and round-nose pliers. To prepare for the job, be sure to have the following: wheel chocks, a jack, and a wing cover to protect the paintwork. As for automotive chemicals, a brake cleaner spray, copper grease, and brake anti-squeal paste are required. Remember to wear a respirator, protective gloves, and goggles.