Brake pads are one of the few parts on your car that require frequent maintenance. It’s important that you’re familiar with brake pads and able to recognize when it’s time to replace them.
This buyer’s guide has all the information you need to be able to monitor and maintain your brake pads like a professional. It also will share how to replace them.
What are Brake Pads and Why are They Important?
Every car with disc brake has brake pads. Brake pads are comprised of a steel backing plate which has a high friction material bonded to it. A caliper holds two brake pads; one on each side of the rotor. When you hit the brakes, the caliper squeezes the pads against the rotor and stops the wheel.
To read more about how brake pads work and what happens when they wear out, check out this article: What are Brake Pads and Why are They Important?
How to Confirm That Your Brake Pads Need to be Replaced
Brake pads usually last between 25,000 and 70,000 miles, so your brake pads will eventually wear out. As the driver, it’s up to you to recognize the signs of worn brake pads. You can pay a shop to confirm the issue, or you can do it yourself with this tutorial. It’s quite an easy process that takes less than an hour, and it just involves lifting your car, removing the wheel, and then checking the brake pads.
How Much Does it Cost to Replace Your Brake Pads?
The amount of money you’ll pay for a brake pad replacement depends on two factors:
- Where you buy the replacement brake pads
- Whether a shop does the job or you do it yourself
This article explains the factors in more detail: How Much Does it Cost to Replace My Mazda Brake Pads? The best way to estimate the cost for a brake pad replacement on your car is to find out how much a set of replacement pads will cost. Then add in one hour of labor ($100 if a shop does it or your hourly rate if you do it yourself.)
How to Replace Brake Pads in a Mazda
If you’ve determined that your brake pads are worn, and if you’ve decided to replace them yourself, then you need this tutorial. It has nine steps, and the general idea is to:
- Lift your car
- Remove the wheel
- Remove the caliper
- Clean the guide pins
- Replace the pads inside the caliper
(Please note that these steps apply to the Mazda 6. But the process is general enough for you to be able to follow with any other Mazda model.)
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