When to Replace your Brake pads?

Generally, braking should be changed every 50,000 miles. Some might have to change after 25,000 miles, and some will last for 70,000 miles also. It all depends on the driving style.

Make sure your car braking pads are in proper condition and replace them at the right time so that your car will be safe and you will avoid the accident. This article gives you a good idea of when you must change your brake to have a smooth ride.

Please read the following article to know more about the when to change your brake pads and its types.

Types of braking pads

There are three types of braking pads are as follows:

  1. Organic braking pads

These pads are the lowest-cost option for the brake pads and made up of glass, carbon, Kevlar, rubber bonded together with the excess heat, and they are a great deal for black, brake dust, and tend to wear down.

  1. Semi-metallic brake pads

This kind of braking pads is used in heavier vehicles. Most of the vehicles have these braking pads these days, and they are composed of iron, copper, steel, and graphite all are bonded together to give good performance and transfer heat well.

  1. Ceramic braking pads

Ceramic pads are made of similar materials that are used in ceramic products, but these are more durable. These pads are made of stacked glass-ceramic fabric, filler material, bonding agents, and the bits of metals. These are manufactured because of semi-metallic pads and last for a long time.

When do you need to replace your braking pads?

Here are some of the points that explain when to change the braking pads of your car.

  • Shriek Noise

Some shriek noise is coming from the brake system when it is in the normal driving condition. It depends on the cleanliness of your braking and the material that is used in brake pads. If you get a loud noise, then you must replace the braking pads.

  • Ominous/warning light

In the new models of the car, there will be a light on the dashboard that tells you that you must change. In some of the cars, you must check it manually, and then you must replace the brake pads.

  • Pulling the car aside.

If you feel your car pulling aside when you are driving the car, it could be the sign to change the braking pads.

  • Checking visually

It is better to check it visually because it is highly important if your car won’t have a warning light. If the pads are less than 3mm, then you should change it. 

  • Vibration 

If you feel the car is shaking or vibrating when you apply the brake, that means you must change your braking pads.


You must keep checking your car braking system regularly or after some miles of the ride. If you find any of the problems as mentioned above, you need to replace it and have a safe ride. If you have any doubt, you should consult a car specialist for the same.