Chevy brake pads are small components in the vehicle braking system that work in conjunction with the brake caliper and the brake disc to create the friction necessary to slow and stop the motion of the wheels when the brake pedal is engaged. The brake caliper uses a piston powered by hydraulic fluid to move the Chevy brake pads in contact with each side of the brake disc, squeezing the Chevy brake pads against its surface. There is a thick coating of a friction material on the surface of the Chevy brake pads that allows them to grip the brake disc firmly to stop the vehicle. The friction coating also keeps the brake pads from damaging the brake disc as they make contact. This friction material wears away with use, a little each time the brake is applied. There are a number of friction material compounds used in the manufacture of Chevy brake pads, depending upon the type of use and vehicle for which they are meant. Each compound will wear from the Chevy brake pads at a differing rate. On some brake pads, there are wear indicators that will begin to make noise when the brake pads are worn to the point that replacement is necessary. If all is well in the vehicle braking system, the Chevy brake pads should wear evenly. If there is a significant difference in the wear between them, it can indicate trouble with another component of the braking system. Our online catalog features a selection of quality replacement Chevy brake pads at great low prices. You can place your Chevy brake pads order via our secure site or will a call to our toll-free line.
Signs That You Need a New Chevrolet Brake Pad Set
Losing brakes while on the road can be a nightmare to any driver. But this doesn't have to come out as a surprise and catch you at a bad time. You should be able to tell if your Chevy is lacking the much-needed braking power. To restore its worry-free braking performance, you probably need a new Chevrolet brake pad set. To help you troubleshoot the problem, here are signs of brake pad wear you have to watch out for:
Brake pad wear can be detected through unusual noises such as screeching, grinding, and clicking. When braking is accompanied by any of these strange sounds, the brake pads probably need to be replaced. The metallic screeching noise you hear when you depress the brakes fully could be coming from the wear indicator, a small metal shim or tab that touches the rotor when the pad wears out and becomes too thin. However, when this sound only happens once in a while, getting a new Chevrolet brake pad set isn't always necessary. The pad pressing on a rust-layered rotor can produce similar sounds, but the noise will stop when the layer of rust is eventually peeled off. The clicking or rattling noise also indicates that the brake pad is wearing out. When the metal disc and metal caliper come into contact and start rubbing, the brake pad is likely on its way out. The grinding or growling sound this makes can also be a symptom of rotor problems, so aside from replacing the brake pad, the rotor may also need to be turned or changed.
Less brake dust
When braking, brake dust can accumulate on the wheels. If there's less brake dust, the brake pad has to be checked to see if it has already worn down to the metal backing. A new Chevrolet brake pad set must be installed if the brake pad is too thin or too worn down. In some vehicles, the brake pad can be checked by looking through the wheel to see if it' too thin, less than ¼ inch. Some brake pads may also have a wear indicator-that slot in the center. Check the slot to see how much is left or if it's almost non-existent, which means that the pad is used up. In some cases, you have to remove the wheel to check the pads and rotors or get a cross-section view through an opening on the caliper.
Car pulling to one side
The car pulling to a side of the road could indicate uneven brake pad wear. If this happens when braking and without turning the steering wheel, it would be the best time to check for brake pad wear and to inspect the hydraulics in the braking system.
If the brake pedal is pulsating or there's vibration or constant grabbing when the brakes are applied, this could mean that the pads are worn out. The rotors are probably warped if the steering wheel is shaking when you step on the brakes. The brake pads need to be checked regularly to prevent brake rotor damage, which is more labor-intensive to repair and more costly to replace.
Deep grooves on the rotor
Worn-out brake pads usually leave deep grooves or scores on the rotor. If these grooves can be felt or seen on the surface, the pads should be inspected and replaced as needed. The rotors may also need to be machined or replaced to prevent uneven brake pad wear.