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Although we all know this, sometimes we can let things slip. To help protect the safety of you and your loved ones, follow this Seven Point Brake Checklist. If you notice any or all of them, it is time to get your brakes professionally checked.
  •  Loss of grip when braking
  •  The feeling of your car pulling left or right when braking 
  •  A sloppy, soft or low brake pedal 
  •  Shuddering through your steering wheel when braking 
  •  Squeals, screeches and high pitched noises when breaking 
  •  Your brake system warning light flashes 
  •  Your car takes longer to stop than normal 
  •  How does the brake system on my car work? 
Complete Brake Pads & Rotors – Replacement Guide
If there is one component of a vehicle that should be well maintained, invested in and understood, it is the brakes on your car. Having a quality, well-installed and reliable brake system is absolutely vital to the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers on the road.
If there is one component of a vehicle that should be well maintained, invested in and understood, it is the brakes on your car. Having a quality, well-installed and reliable brake system is absolutely vital to the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers on the road.
Average Brake Pad Replacement Cost
There’s a great deal of variance when it comes to the cost of getting your brake pads replaced.  
There is also the comparison and decision to use aftermarket vs manufacturer (OEM) parts.  Aftermarket parts are typically less expensive, are more available and greater selection, while OEM parts have a greater assurance of quality, are easier to choose and come with a warranty.  

A complete brake repair job for one wheel including pad replacement, new calipers, rotors and labor can cost anywhere from $300 to $800.  If all top-of-the-line parts need to be replaced, this can easily inflate to $1000+. The average price is right around $450. 

Year, Make and Model
As mentioned above, the make and model of your vehicle has a significant impact on the price of pads and sometimes even the cost of installation. Luxury and/or imported vehicles typically have higher maintenance costs in general, not just for brake pads.
Type and Quality of Parts Used
Pads come in a wide range of quality and materials and the differences in price reflect that. Therefore, premium ceramic pads for a high end vehicle such as an Audi R8 will cost significantly more than standard semi-metallic pads for your Toyota Camry.
Doing some research to determine which parts best fit your needs and buying aftermarket parts yourself instead of paying a technician labor and markup costs to decide for you can save you hundreds of dollars.
What are Brake Pads?
disc-brake-300x251Brake pads are one of three primary parts of disk brakes – the others are calipers and a rotor. The rotation of a car’s wheels is slowed by the friction created when two pads are pushed against either side of a rotor by a set of calipers.
The pads are typically made of some friction material (ranging in composition from composite to ceramic to organic to metallic) and a steel backing plate. Rotors can be made of ceramic matrix composites, reinforced carbon-carbon or simply cast iron and are attached to the wheel or axle. When you press down on the brake pedal, brake fluid is used to engage a piston that clamps the brake pads onto each rotor.
When to Replace Them?
Manufacturers state that semimetallic pads should typically last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles, but it really depends on the type of vehicle, your driving style and the kind of use they’re subjected to – stop & go traffic in the city will wear them out faster than highway driving.
The best way to determine if your brake pads need to be replaced is by removing the tires and doing a visual inspection. If the thickness is less than 2-3mm, then it’s time to replace them.
Brakes Video Overview
Brakes: How They Work
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Do Performance Brake Rotors Have Better Cooling?
Do directional vaned brake rotors provide better brake cooling? In this video I test new brake rotors on my Honda S2000 to find out. I only changed out the front brake rotors, everything else is exactly the same (same brake pads front and rear, same brake rotors in the rear).
The 240SX Gets A Massive Big Brake Upgrade!
In today's video, the 240SX gets a 4-wheel big brake upgrade! Conversions like this are fairly common, but most of the time you'll only see it done to the front. 
Not All Big Brake Kits Are Created Equal
See StopTech's facility where big brakes kits are made and engineered. You'll learn why bigger is not always better, why one caliper doesn't fit all and the strict quality control that StopTech adheres to produce one of the best big brake kits on the market.

Big Brake Conversion
There are many benefits to big brake kits that range from shorter stopping distances, better brake modulation, a firmer brake pedal and less brake fade in your system. In comparison, your big brake kit is going to offer more break power, and a better spread of heat over the cylinder to prevent damaging effects, that other standard factory installed systems suffer from. These systems have been engineered by the manufacturers, to provide a higher performance brake upgrade for racing and performance type street machines.  
Shorter Stopping Distance
One thing you would notice with these brake kits is a greater decrease in the stopping distance, as there is a greater area of contact, allowing for better brake control. The calipers in this type of system generally have a bridge design to allow for greater stopping control while they are being applied, and this construction allows for limited wear on your pads as well. Due to the pad design, there is more area that comes in contact with the rotor, so giving the vehicle greater stopping power and heat displacement due to the pad and caliper configuration. If you are operating separate systems for your front and rear brakes, such as standard factory on the front and the big brake systems in the rear, you will need to adjust them for even braking pressure.  
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