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How Much does a Front Brake Pad and Rotor Replacement Cost?
The front brakes on your vehicle are the ones that do all the work.
They are responsible for about 70% of the stopping force produced by the braking system, and as such, they cop quite a beating.
When you press down on the brake pedal, the brake pads are forced into the brake disc rotors (the big shiny round things behind your wheels) to slow your vehicle down. The friction material of the brake pads wears down over time, and can also wear out the disc rotors, and they need to be replaced to ensure correct operation and reliable brake performance.
The average cost of having your front brake pads and disc rotors replaced starts around $300 and can increase to $700+, depending on the type of vehicle and the brake components used.
Front Brake Pad and Rotor Replacement
What is a Front Brake Pad and Rotor?
The brake pads and disc rotors fitted to most modern-day vehicles make up the wear and tear items of the braking system. The brake pads are made up of a metallic friction composition, which is bonded to a metal backing plate.
The brake pads are made up of a metallic friction composition which is bonded to a metal backing plate.
These are located inside the brake calliper, which forces them onto the disc rotor to create friction and slow the vehicle to a stop. The disc rotors are usually a steel construction, which is a harder material than the brake pads.
The disc rotors are usually a steel construction, which is a harder material than the brake pads.
Even so, the constant force and heat of the brake pads being pressed against the rotor will wear them down over time, and they will need to be replaced.
Symptoms your Front Brake Pads and Rotors Require Replacing
- Braking performance has diminished
- Longer stopping distances or increased pedal effort to slow the vehicle down
- Squealing or grinding noise when slowing down
- Brake warning light on dash
How are Front Brake Pads and Rotors Replaced?
- The vehicle will be raised and the front wheels removed
- The brake pads and disc will be inspected for wear
- If the brake pads and discs are worn down, they will be removed from the vehicle
- The new disc rotors will be installed and the brake callipers will be inspected
- The new brake pads will be fitted and the front wheels reinstalled
- The brake pads and disc rotors will be ‘bedded in’ and a road test will be carried out to ensure correct operation
Tips to Remember
- The brake fluid may also need to be inspected and replaced to restore proper braking performance
- Some higher end vehicle may also have brake pad wear sensors, which will need to be replaced along with the brake pads and disc rotors
How Important is Replacing your Brake Pads and Rotors?
Having your brake pads and disc rotors replaced when they are worn out will ensure that your braking system is in good condition, and will bring you to a stop safely and reliably when you press down on the brake pedal.
Driving a vehicle with excessively worn brake pads and disc rotors may reduce the effectiveness of the braking system and put you and other motorists in danger.
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