Before your next road trip, consider bringing your vehicle in for a maintenance check for the most important part…the braking system. Having a scheduled maintenance will result in lower repair bills and will make sure you will have working brakes when you need them. Your brakes can wear out depending on the conditions you drive in, so it is always best to schedule your vehicle to have the brakes and brake system checked, especially before heading out on a big road trip.
Ceramic brake pads and Metallic brake pads differ slightly. The Ceramic brake pads are made from ceramic and copper fibers blended together, while Metallic brake pads are made with metal fibers in the braking compound. Ceramic pads tend to be quieter, create less dust, and are gentler on brake rotors than Metallic pads. However, Metallic pads are less expensive than Ceramic brake pads, but they usually don’t last as long and they also require frequent changes. When the brake pads are not warmed up, Metallic pads do offer a better grip and more stopping power than Ceramic pads
You can tell when your brakes should be replaced based on their ability to stop. If your vehicle is slow stop when you step on the brakes, chances are you need to take it to the mechanic. Also, if you apply the brakes and the pedal is pushed almost down to the floor, it might indicate worn brake pads. It could also be a problem with the hydraulic system, such as air in the line, or an air leak or brake fluid leak. Another indication that the brakes should be replaced is a squealing noise when the brakes are applied. Noisy brakes are very serious and means it should be looked at as soon as possible.
If your car pulls or jerks to one side or another when you put on the brakes, this could be the beginning of some brake problems. Also, if you apply the brakes in a normal situation but experience vibrations with the brake pedal, this could lead to a major repair with the brake pads and rotors if not looked at as soon as possible.