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The Complete Guide to Brake Pads

Brake pads have been an essential automotive part since the 1890s when the first caliper-type disc brakes were developed in England. Initially utilizing copper when other types of metal were unavailable, these didn't do well on the unpaved roads of the early 1900s. Luckily, brake pad technology has come a long way since then and now galvanized steel brake pads like those from NRS Brakes are safer, environmentally friendly, and built to last. Below we will walk through a complete guide to brake pads.

How often should you check & replace brake pads?

You should check on your brake pads at least once a year, possibly more, depending on your driving style. Brake pads can commonly wear out with minimal warning signs, which can lead to a very costly emergency brake repair service. It’s always best to check them regularly.

On average, you should plan on replacing your brake pads every 50,000 miles. With that being said, this mileage number can vary drastically based on a few factors, the most important being your driving style and driving environment. Someone driving heavily in a metropolitan area that may require more aggressive braking will wear out pads quicker than someone who drives highway miles primarily, where brakes are used less frequently.

Can you change your own brake pads?

Absolutely! If you have the right tools in your garage, a brake pad replacement can be a DIY project that you can easily tackle yourself. If you are planning to change your own brake pads, the most important thing you will need is suitable brake pads. Make sure you are buying quality pads that comply with your vehicle's manufacturer and will last a long time. Remember that with brake pads, quality is much more important than a low price. Your choice in brake pads is more about the safety of your vehicle than anything else.

If you are new to brake pad replacement, there are excellent resources online that can help walk you through the process step-by-step.

What should you look for in brake pads?

When buying new brake pads, it is essential to choose a manufacturer that offers brake pads with long-lasting materials, and optimal design. Many vehicle owners choose NRS Galvanized Brake Pads for their stand-alone quality and innovative technology. NRS brake pads offer the following benefits:

  • Environmentally friendly product – paint free, copper free, 100% recyclable
  • Less vibration, less noise – patented NRS mechanical attachment eliminates the separation between the backing plate and friction material
  • Better performance – zinc plating resists rust and outperforms traditional brake pads in terms of stopping distances
  • Designed for harsh environments – snow, rain, or high heat do not cause delamination or separation

     If you are in the market for brake pads, ensure your choice is outfitted with galvanized steel construction and premium friction materials like those from NRS. It’s the best way to promote a better braking experience and safer all-around vehicle performance.

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