How to Prolong the Life of Your New Brake Pads/Shoes

Brake pads are an important component of the brake system.  The longevity of your brake pads depends on how you use and apply the brakes.  By observing the following tips, you may be able to extend the useful life of your brakes for safety reasons, as well as to minimize the cost of replacing parts:

  • Avoid heavy and sudden braking, unless necessary.
  • Brake early – Don’t wait for the last minute to stop.  Anticipate stops and begin to slow down by releasing the accelerator BEFORE braking.
  • Use low gear when driving down a hill.
  • NEVER use your left foot for braking.  Only your right foot should be used on the brake and accelerator pedals.
  • When you hear heavy grinding or harsh sounds mean that a brake inspection is needed.  (Occasional squeaking sounds are normal)
  • Moderately noticeable vibrations while you brake may mean disc, rotor/pad problems; in severe cases (cars with high mileage), suspension and front hub repair may be needed.