Brake Pad Service Near Pacific Grove

Close up view of a service tech checking out a vehicle's brake pads

Brake Pad Service at Premier Hyundai of Seaside

Brakes are the most direct safety feature you can have on your car, truck, minivan, or SUV. If your brakes are in good shape, you have stopping power. Even some of the most advanced driver-assistive safety features rely on good brakes. For example, if you have a newer vehicle, you may have emergency automatic braking, but that feature doesn’t help if your brakes are faulty. One of the easiest ways to keep your brakes operating correctly is by making sure your brake pads are in good condition. Over time your brake pads wear out and need to be replaced. If you live in Carmel-by-the-sea, Pacific Grove, or Watsonville, you can get quality brake pad service at Premier Hyundai of Seaside.

How Do I Know If My Brake Pads Are Bad?

Most vehicles on the road have disc brakes on their front wheels. A few have drum brakes on the rear axle, but having a disc brake set up on the rear wheels is far more likely. When you press on the brake pedal, the fluid in the braking system creates hydraulic pressure in the brake lines and hoses, then a piston in the brake caliper extends around a brake rotor. This causes brake pads that are mounted to the rotor to squeeze the flat metal surfaces of the rotor, forcing your vehicle to slow down or stop.

Brake pads nowadays are very durable, taking tens of thousands of miles of use before they wear out. Generally, the pad life for most vehicles is about 20,000 – 50,000 miles. Eventually, you’ll need to replace the pads on your brake system to retain your ability to slow and stop effectively. Identifying when pads are worn out is the first step to maintaining your ability to brake when needed.

Types of Brake Pads for Your Hyundai

Your brake pads all have friction materials mounted to solid steel backing plates. This is the usual brake set up on most vehicles, but there are some major differences in the friction material. There are three kinds of pads:

  • Ceramic Brake Pads: These pads use elements like porcelain and clay with fibers of copper to reduce brake noises. They are resistant to rotor wear and have a long wear life.
  • Semi-metallic brake pads: These pads combine metals like iron, steel, and copper with non-metallic compounds like graphite and fillers. They last longer but can be noisy, and they cause greater wear on the rotors.
  • Non-metallic or organic brake pads: These blend synthetic materials like aramid, sintered glass, cellulose, and other compounds in various quantities depending on the manufacturer. They are quiet and use softer materials that are gentle on your rotors but are shorter-lived.

Signs of Worn-Out Pads

  • Pulling to one side.
  • Pulsation in the metal.
  • Grooves in the rotor surface.
  • Extended stopping distances.
  • Grinding when you drive and brake.
  • Squealing when you stop.

If you notice signs of brake pad wear, schedule an appointment for brake pad service with Premier Hyundai of Seaside. Let us help you get back on the road safely today.