Owning a vehicle means you are responsible for an array of different maintenance processes, and changing your brake pads when they wear out is one of those unavoidable maintenance tasks. Even though having the brake pads replaced is one of the less expensive things you will have to do during the lifetime of your vehicle, it is not something you want to do more than you have to. Check out this short list of ways you can ensure you get the longest life from your new brake pads.
Go ahead and replace the rotors as well as the brakes.
When you drive your car after the brake pads have worn down, it wears small groves in the rotors. Your rotors can be turned if they have never been turned, but it is usually best to go ahead and replace them during the brake pad replacement if they are especially warped or worn. You can pick up slotted brake rotors that are designed to keep the brakes cool as they are pressed, which helps the pads from wearing out so quickly.
Spring for ceramic brake pads instead of cheaper versions.
Changing the brakes on your car is not an expensive job, whether you do the job yourself or hire an auto repair service to help you out. However, it is never a good idea to go with the most inexpensive replacement brake pads you can get. These brake pads are made from cheaper materials that are not as dense and will wear out faster. Even if it is a little more expensive, it is better if you go for ceramic brake pads that usually come with a long lifespan and a guarantee they will last for a long time.
Check out the brake lines while you're into it.
Brake fluid helps to maintain steady pressure on the brakes while they function. If the brake lines that are connected to the brakes are losing fluid, it can compromise the overall efficiency of the brakes. While you are replacing the brake pads, make sure you check the brake lines for signs of leakage. Brake fluid is an oily substance that is usually clear in color, so it can be hard to spot, but if you wipe down the brake line with a clean cloth and check again after pressing the brake pedal a few times, you should be able to see any leaking fluid.
Contact an auto repair service for more help.