FAQs— Mitsubishi Brake Pad Set
- Why do organic brake pads work more quietly than other types?
It’s because this type of pad is made from softer materials like rubber, glass, Kevlar, and resins. These brake pad materials can withstand extreme temperature. In fact, one thing that helps bind them together is high heat. Besides being soft, these materials also don’t pollute the environment as they wear out, making them way too easy to dispose.
- After inspecting the brakes of my Mitsubishi, it seems like they aren’t the ones causing the high-frequency squeal I’ve been hearing from my ride. What could be the other reasons for this?
The brakes aren’t the automatic culprits behind high-frequency squeal coming from the wheels. It can also be caused by misaligned suspension. You see, driving on bumps, rough roads, and potholes leads to stressed-out suspension bushes. Usually, wheel realignment can be done through mechanical adjustment only. If the alignment is done without de-stressing the mounting rubber first, it can result in transfer of sound produced during braking into the vehicle’s chassis and body. This sound amplifies into what we usually hear as squealing sound.
- I’m convinced about the many advantages of using an organic brake pad set. Do you think it will work well on my Mitsubishi vehicle?
It depends on the type of Mitsubishi vehicle you drive and your driving habits. If yours is a truck or a high-performance vehicle, an organic brake pad set may not be the right one for your ride. It is also not advisable for vehicles that need to do hard braking or immediate stop from top speed. However, if your Mitsubishi is just small and lightweight and is frequently used for normal street driving, and if you don’t have the habit of driving aggressively, then organic brake pads might be one of the best brake upgrades you can get.
- Why is it that when I drive in cold mornings and apply the brakes, it usually takes a while for my Mitsubishi to stop. Has the metallic Mitsubishi brake pad set something to do with it?
Yes. Your metallic brake pads are the primary reasons it takes your ride a while to stop on cold mornings, after it has rested for several hours. This is because metallic pads usually work best when they are warm, so they need some sort of warming up before they could work perfectly well.
- The brakes of my Mitsubishi are squealing. A friend told me that I should try applying some copper-based grease on the back of the pads. Would you recommend that?
If you are competent enough in doing DIY brake jobs, then you can try this method, but make sure that you put the copper-based grease only AT THE BACK of the pads. The said grease is pretty much resistant to heat and pressure, so if this fluid gets into the pad’s friction material, you may need to have it replaced. The purpose of applying such grease at the back of the pads is to make a small sack of sticky lubrication between the back portion of the pads and the front part of the brake pistons to get rid of and prevent high-frequency squealing noise.
- Why do I need to bleed the brakes before replacing my Mitsubishi brake pads?
Bleeding the brakes is done to purge the brake system of any air bubbles that could make the air pedal feel spongy. Moisture from the air also dangerously lowers the boiling point of the brake fluid. Additionally, brake bleeding helps rid the brake fluid of dirt contamination. This process is carried out in hydraulic brake systems by forcing clean and bubble-free brake fluid throughout the system.
- Since I also have a daily drive, I rarely use my Mitsubishi vehicle. Do I also need to perform regular brake system checks even if I use it only once or twice a week and just for short drives?
Yes, you also have to check your Mitsubishi’s brake system even if you are an infrequent driver. The frequency, though, is different from frequent and average drivers. You can check your brake pads along with the other system components every 8-12 months to find out any underlying problems as well as to ensure excellent braking performance.