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The Volkswagen brand has long been known for reliability, functionality, and relative ease of repairs. So it’s not surprising that your VW automobile has an attractive list of safety features, even if it’s getting up there in mileage. However, even the most sophisticated vehicles on the road would not be road-worthy without a time-tested and proven modern braking system. At the heart of every good automotive braking system is the indispensable brake pad. These impressive components are made from advanced materials that absorb huge amounts of heat and friction, saving your calipers and rotors from immense and irreversible damage.
The average expected lifespan of brake pads is somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 miles. This depends on the size and capabilities of your VW, as well as the demands you place on the vehicle. Furthermore, your front brake pads will almost always wear out faster than your rear brake pads since they must absorb more friction and heat than the rear pads. For safety, we recommend front brake pad inspection or replacement somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 just to make sure they are well within safe perimeters.
The good news is that the engineers at Volkswagen have designed some of the best OEM Volkswagen brake pads and parts on the market for commercial vehicles. Better still is the fact that if your VW is at least one year old, there’s a good chance that the VW company will have designed pads that are superior to the originals. This means your new pair of OEM Volkswagen brake pads may last longer than the original set, and – with luck – they may even perform better.
We recommend that brake inspections be done at the 20,000-mile mark for safety. We also recommend that your pads should not be worn down to less than 3 to 4 mm in thickness before replacing them. Your brake system provides a telltale metallic scraping noise to let you know they need to be replaced, but it is less expensive and safer to replace them before they reach that level of wear. Our highly trained and certified VW brake system experts will help you monitor your brake pad health to keep performance high and help prevent mechanical failure.
When you choose the VW experts at Bommarito Volkswagen of Hazelwood in Florissant, St. Louis Metro Area, Bridgeton, St. Charles, and Hazelwood, MO, you know you’re getting top-quality parts, services, and competitive prices. Visit us online, call, or come down to our shop to schedule an appointment today.
Bommarito Volkswagen Hazelwood, Brookes Drive, Hazelwood, MO, USA