Like any car, your Hyundai needs care and attention to ensure it’s functioning at its very best and to avoid costly damages in the long run.
High up your list of priorities for frequent cheeks should be the brakes. One of the most crucial components of a car, your brakes need to be kept in top working order for your safety and the safety of others. But if you’re not a mechanic, do you know what to do for your brakes? How do you go about maintaining them? How often do you need to replace them? Don’t worry, Phil Gilbert Hyundai is here to help. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your brakes stay effective.
Understanding your brake pads
The brake pads are a key element of your car’s disc brake system, along with the brake calliper and brake rotor. It resides between your car’s brake shoe and the brake drum. Without a working brake pad, the braking system would not function properly, and the other parts would wear out faster. After all, it’s the brake pads that helps create the friction that brings your car to a halt.
But not all brake pads are equal. Each pad wears out differently and there are several reasons that affect the wear and tear. This includes the hardness of brake pads, materials, driving habits and environment, among others. The hardness of the brake pads affects the performance of the pads since there are varying versions available for different driving conditions. Similarly, the materials that make up the brake pad attribute to its durability. Steel or metal brakes are what’s commonly found on cars in urban areas. Alternatively, there are other types like carbon-ceramic brakes. Though these are far more durable than the common metal brakes, carbon-ceramic brake pads are almost exclusive to high performance cars.
But a large part of your Hyundai car’s brake pad lifetime depends on the driving conditions and habits. Things like how hard you push your car’s brakes, how often you brake and how quick you are to push your brakes factor into the pad’s durability. Additionally, your driving environment has an impact as well. Traffic lights, road conditions, weather and climate in each country work differently, with each playing a part in your brake pad’s wear and tear.
Warning signs to replace your brake pads
As with many parts, your brake pads have a limited lifespan. For Hyundai cars this may vary between 30,000 – 40,000 km on average. But oftentimes there are warning signs that indicate its time you had a look at your Hyundai’s brake pads. One of the most obvious signs is if you hear squealing/scraping noises. This is caused by the metal scrapper attached to the pads when the brake pads run thin. But even if you’re not experiencing any squealing, it's always advisable to check for the brake pad thickness regularly.
Furthermore, warped rotor situations may result in jittery braking. Here, you could treat the rotors to flatten in. Although, replacing the rotor is an easier option.
Let Phil Gilbert Hyundai assist you
Nevertheless, it would help to get a professional to have a look at your Hyundai car to assess the brakes. Phil Gilbert Hyundai has been serving the automobile industry for over a decade.
Guests are more than welcome to visit our Phil Gilbert service centre in Croydon to take care of your Hyundai car’s brake pads. Our team of experts are here to help. So, come visit Phil Gilbert Hyundai today. You can also book online, call us on (02) 9735 8400 or contact us here.