Brake lining, which is one of the components of the brake system of vehicles, is the part that performs the deceleration and stopping process and initiates the friction.
Brake pads (also known as friction pads) play a very important role in the brake system. Friction linings have a complex material structure consisting of many different components (composite material) in order to achieve optimum braking results under varying operating conditions. This material should not fail under any circumstances.
The role of the brake pad
The task of vehicle brakes is to slow down the vehicle safely and comfortably and bring it to a standstill when necessary. This is done by converting kinetic energy due to friction between the brake.
The task of vehicle brakes is to slow down the vehicle safely and comfortably and bring it to a standstill when necessary. This is done by converting kinetic energy into thermal energy due to friction between brake pads and brake discs or drums. In this way, the speed of the vehicle is reduced as desired by the driver.
What is the lifetime of the brake pad?
Many changes determine the life of the brake pad.
- Brand of brake pad
- The structure, hardness or softness of the brake pad
- The way you drive the vehicle, how often you brake.
- The variables I counted above determine the life of the brake pad. But to give an average, it is between 20.000 km - 40.000 km.
Brake Lining Care
The question of when to do brake pad maintenance is a frequently heard issue. If you want a general time frame, the known 6 months to 1 year is seen as a normal schedule. However, it should be noted that brake pad replacement should not be seen as a routine that should only be done within a certain time frame. The reason for this is that there are different features for different vehicles, the places where the vehicle is used varies and many factors such as the way of use depending on the driver will change, so maintenance should be carried out considering these conditions affecting the brake axes. The general recommendation of the experts is that brake axes should be carried out at very frequent time intervals and by applying checks that need attention. Here, people who know the job, namely experts, are performing the control by showing the brake axes to places such as auto maintenance, detecting the possible malfunctions before an important and irreversible malfunction or event occurs and preventing the mishaps that may occur.
Vehicle owners can perform operations such as control and maintenance of brake axes themselves, but the vehicle owner can take a great risk by ignoring or overlooking any malfunction in the brake axes while performing these checks on their own. Experts' suggestion is to take these controls to a knowledgeable person and ensure that full controls are carried out by expert individuals.
When we look at today, with the advancement of technology, there is mostly a warning light for the brake lining mechanism in newly produced vehicles. If your vehicle does not have this warning light, you should routinely have the brake pad maintenance done and checked. Scratches may occur on the brake discs when looking at the common causes of malfunctions. In this case, the lining cost of the vehicle will be incurred and this cost will increase as the brake discs also deteriorate. The brake disc of your vehicle may break or cause any problem with the tire. If the vehicle is braked in case of speeding, the brake disc may break and cause many accidents. The stopping distance of the vehicle will be high during braking, and this may cause an accident.
When you travel long distances, you should be especially careful about the condition of the brake lining. Because any adverse situation, as we explained in our article, any malfunction in the brake system is important primarily for you and the individuals next to you in the vehicle and then for the vehicles around you.