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The brakes on your Volkswagen are one of the most important safety features, and it pays to keep them in good condition by having the brake pads replaced when necessary. Not only will doing so help keep you and your family protected, but it will also save you money on more extensive brake repair in the long run. When the time comes for this important service, there’s nowhere better to go in the St. Louis Metro Area than Bommarito Volkswagen of Hazelwood. When you experience our exceptional service for yourself, you’ll see why drivers from Florissant, Bridgeton, and beyond visit Bommarito Volkswagen of Hazelwood.
The brake pads play a key role in the braking system, and they’re also designed to bear the brunt of the braking force. The brake pads are attached to the calipers; when you step on the brake pedal, the calipers squeeze together, pushing the brake pads against the rotors. This causes your vehicle to come to a stop. But the brake pads have to be made of special material to prevent friction damage. While the backing of the brake pads (the part that connects to the calipers) is metal, the brake pad lining is made of a softer material. This material resists friction, and it also wears down quicker than the rotors so that the rotors don’t become warped or otherwise damaged. They’re designed to wear down sooner, but replacing the brake pads is a relatively easy task.
The best way to find out when your VW needs new brake pads is to bring it in for regular brake inspection. Our technicians will check the thickness of the brake pad lining; if it’s thin enough, they’ll let you know that the time to change the brake pads has come. Based on how hard you brake and how much weight you regularly have in your VW, this could be anywhere from 25,000 miles to every 50,000 miles. Brake pads can wear out sooner or last longer, but this is generally the mileage where we tend to see most replacements.
Fortunately, even if you miss brake inspections, your brake pads are likely to tell you when they need to be changed. If your brakes squeal when you step on the brake pedal, it’s likely the wear indicator tabs in the brake pads letting you know that you need to have them changed ASAP. If you ignore this, you’ll soon hear a grinding noise that means that the brake pad lining is gone, and you’ll need more work done on your VW.
To make sure your brake system stays in good condition, schedule your appointment online at Bommarito Volkswagen of Hazelwood. Then, head to our service center and prepare to be impressed!
Bommarito Volkswagen Hazelwood, Brookes Drive, Hazelwood, MO, USA