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The process of fitting front and rear brake pads is identical and fairly straightforward. Pads are fitted directly to callipers, their friction material almost touching that of the brake disc. This makes it easy for your car to push the brake pads into the brake discs to create friction, overcoming the power of the engine to slow your car down.
To fit a brake pad, a technician will unscrew the calliper to ensure it's out of the way and then slide out the old brake pad. A fresh one then slides into the same gap and is secured by retaining clips. Then, the pistons in the calliper (how brake fluid reaches the brake assembly) are reset. This is done so that they clear the fresh brake pads and sit in the correct place (as there is far more friction material on a new brake pad vs a worn one).
This process is much easier than a brake disc replacement, which is why most technicians recommend replacing brake pads and discs at the same time. It only adds a little extra labour time and saves drivers from completely doubling down on the repair cost.
Brake pads usually last between 25,000 and 60,000 miles, depending on your driving style. This means that you should end up replacing them less often if you brake gently and sensibly at all times.
However, most manufacturers recommend different intervals for brake pad replacements which can be found in your vehicle handbook. Some modern cars also have a brake pad warning light which illuminates when they wear down to a certain level. If you see this warning light, it's a sure sign that you need to get new brake pads fitted as soon as possible.
There are several warning signs which indicate that your car needs new brake pads. These include:
If you notice any of these issues, you must book an appointment to replace your brake pads as soon as possible.
Usually, it is your front brake pads that need replacing as your car's weight is transferred forwards under braking. This puts more strain on the front rotors and pads and causes them to wear down quicker.
That being said, rear brake pads can also wear quickly because they are much thinner as they usually deal with less force. If your car has electronic stability control (ESC) or traction control, you can accelerate rear brake pad wear.
There are a few ways you can determine which brake pads need replacing:
Visual inspection. The easiest way is to have a look at your brake pads through your tyres. Once you compare your front and rear pads, you can decide which one looks more worn down and replace these.
Squeaking noise. If your brakes are squeaking, try and work out if the squeak is happening at the front or rear of your car. If you can, this will help you pinpoint the pads you need to change.
Car is pulling to one side under braking. This indicates that one of your front brake pads is more worn than the other. Uneven pad wear usually means there is another issue with the brake assembly, but the pads still need replacing.
If you're struggling to work out which of your brake pads need replacing, book a FREE Visual Inspection at one of our UK garages to have a professional find the problem for you. They will then provide a transparent quote for the necessary repair work and you never pay a penny until they complete the job.
We compared prices on Eurocarpatrts and Halfords for these popular UK models to work out how much brake pads cost, on average. The following prices do NOT include labour costs or anything else associated with fitting these parts.
|Make and Model||Front Brake Pad Cost||Rear Brake Pad Cost|
BMW 1 Series
As of March 2022, the average cost of a front brake pad replacement booked through our online comparison site was £128.19. A rear pad replacement cost £117.25 on average.
We don't recommend driving with worn-out brake pads. If you suspect that yours are worn, you should replace them as soon as possible.
Not only is it dangerous to keep driving with worn brake pads, it will also lead to an MOT failure. You also risk damaging other brake parts, causing a more expensive repair in the long run. As a result, we strongly recommend replacing your brake pads as soon as you notice that they're worn.
A worn brake pad generally makes a screeching, squealing or grinding noise. It is usually quite loud and persistent. If you one of these noises every time you brake, it is very likely the wear indicator is rubbing against the brake disc. This indicates that your brake pads have no friction material left and aren't slowing your car down efficiently.
There is no need to replace all four brake pads at once if you don't need to.
However, you should always replace brake pads in pairs to avoid uneven wear and to maximise performance and safety. We strongly recommend against just changing one brake pad at a time as this can lead to other issues, such as your car pulling to one side under braking.
Rear brake pads may only need to be replaced every 40,000 - 50,000 miles as they usually take less of the strain during the braking process. However, it could be anywhere between 25,000 and 60,000 miles, depending on your make and model and driving style.
Consult your vehicle handbook for a more specific recommendation for your car.
Rear brake pads can wear faster than front pads in modern cars, mainly those fitted with driver assistance features. These include cruise control, stability control, hill start assist and automatic start-stop.
Rear brake pads can also wear faster if there is a fault in the assembly. Commonly, this is a fault with the handbrake, discs, callipers or the brake pads themselves.
Aggressive braking is often the main contributor to accelerated brake wear. Some things you can change to increase the lifespan of your brake pads include:
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