Should You Replace All Four Brakes At The Same Time?
Understanding when and why to replace your brake pads is crucial for safe driving and cost-effective maintenance. One common question that arises is whether you should replace all four brakes at the same time. Here’s what you need to know.
How brake pads work
When you press the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure forces the brake calliper to squeeze the brake pads against the rotating brake rotor (also known as the brake disc). This friction generates the necessary stopping power, converting kinetic energy into heat. Over time, this friction causes wear on the brake pads, eventually requiring replacement.
Front vs. rear brakes
Front and rear brake pads serve different roles in your vehicle’s braking system, and they wear out at different rates. Front brakes bear a more significant portion of the braking load because weight shifts to the front of the vehicle during deceleration. This means that front brake pads typically wear out faster than rear brake pads.
Changing only the front or rear brake pads at a time can cause issues with braking performance. The new pads will grip the rotor more effectively than the worn pads, potentially causing unstable and unsafe braking. Additionally, the imbalance can overburden the brake pads, causing them to wear out even faster. To maintain even braking and safety, it’s advisable to replace the front or rear brake pads as a set, especially if both sets of brake pads are worn.
Convenience of replacing all four brake pads
While replacing only the necessary set of brake pads might seem like a cost-saving measure, it’s often more convenient and cost-effective to change all four brake pads simultaneously. Here’s why:
- Balanced braking. As mentioned earlier, replacing all four brake pads ensures even wear and balanced braking performance, enhancing safety and control.
- Efficiency. Mechanics can complete the job more efficiently when replacing all four brake pads at once, potentially saving you on higher labour costs.
- Cost-effectiveness. Buying a complete set of brake pads is often more cost-effective than buying them separately. Plus, you won’t need to revisit the shop or spend additional time on brake maintenance shortly after the first replacement.
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