The most important component of your braking system, brake pads are the part of the element that absorbs heat and energy and provides the necessary grip to stop the momentum of your vehicle. Due to the fact that they take the most direct brunt force when the brake pedal is applied, they are worth investing in and require regular maintenance. That being said, galvanized brake pads can go a long way to minimizing your worries in the future.
1. The galvanized advantage
Galvanization is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron in order to prevent rusting. Rustproofing is extremely important when it comes to automotive parts because they are exposed to so many elements and you need them to be reliable no matter what conditions you encounter.
2. Longer lasting
Think about how it feels when you see a rusty car. Even when the rust is hidden, it is disheartening to look through those fancy alloy wheels of your pride and joy to see rusted rotors, brakes that were nice and shiny when you parked the car. The problem is that rust can start to accumulate on the surface of exposed, and unprotected iron parts within hours.
Luckily, rust has all but been eliminated on new vehicles through the use of a protective layer such as galvanized steel. Although you can expect to see a much longer brake pad life when dealing with a galvanized product, it is still important to make sure you pay attention to signs that something might be amiss.
3. Let the brakes do the talking
As a result of the critical role they play, brake pads are designed to show clear signals when they need to be replaced. Squeaks, squeals and metal-to-metal grinding noises are typical signs that something is up and that you’re past due for new brake pads.
In addition to the sounds they make, other signs include longer stopping distances and more pedal travel before you feel significant braking force. If it’s been more than two years since your brake parts were replaced, it’s a good idea to have the brakes checked at every oil change or every six months. Brakes wear gradually, so it can be hard to tell by feel or sound when it’s time for new pads or rotors.
4. Each situation is different
Brake life depends mainly on the amount and kind of driving you do, such as city versus highway, and your driving style. The fact of that matter is that despite the driving conditions, some drivers just use the brakes more than others. Due to these inconsistencies, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to recommended time or mileage after which the brake pads need to be replaced.
That being said, on any car more than 2 years old, it’s a good idea to have a mechanic inspect the brakes at every oil change, or twice a year. Repair shops can measure pad thickness, check the condition of the rotors, calipers and other hardware, and estimate how much brake life remains.
5. Galvanization can make a difference in terms of “wear”
Brake pads and rotors are “wear” items that require periodic replacement. If they aren’t replaced, they’ll eventually wear down to the metal backing plates to which they’re mounted. Galvanization can help prevent warping and uneven wear that can be dangerous for the vehicle and the driver. It also ensures that even if you’re a bit behind on your maintenance, there is not going to be damage beyond repair, as they brake pads should never wear all the way down to the backing plate.
Of course, how long pads and rotors last depends on how many miles you drive and how often you use the brakes, but get a quality product and you’ll have a lot less to worry about.