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Wear on the brakes: When do discs and pads need to be replaced?

2024-02-12T05:24:06.193Z

Highlights: Wear on the brakes: When do discs and pads need to be replaced?. As of: February 12, 2024, 6:00 a.m By: Simon Mones CommentsPressSplit Brakes are a key element of car safety. But when is the right time to make a change? Brake pads must be replaced every 50,000 kilometers. The costs for replacing the brakes vary from model to model. According to ADAC, the Škoda Fabia costs around 440 euros, while brake pads and discs for the Mercedes EQE cost 2200 euros.



As of: February 12, 2024, 6:00 a.m

By: Simon Mones

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Brakes are a key element of car safety.

But when is the right time to make a change?

When it comes to safety, the brake is probably one of the most important components in a car.

After all, it ensures that the vehicle, which weighs tons, is slowed down and comes to a safe stop.

So proper maintenance is important, and not just when you hear a squeak.

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Brake pads must be replaced every 50,000 kilometers

Like other components, brake pads and brake discs are also subject to wear.

This means: They must be checked and replaced regularly.

“Roughly estimated, the life expectancy of a brake pad is around 50,000 kilometers.

Brake discs then usually have twice the mileage of around 100,000 kilometers,” explains

TÜV Nord

on its homepage.

The brakes should be checked and replaced regularly.

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The ADAC

also

states the durability of modern brake systems as 40,000 to 120,000 kilometers.

Depending on driving style, vehicle and route profile.

In addition, corrosion can become a problem due to environmental influences.

“In older vehicles, the brake pads usually had to be replaced much earlier and independently of the discs.

In modern cars, pads and windows are usually replaced at the same time,” the automobile club also emphasizes.

Renew brakes: It's better to go to a specialist

But how can you tell whether the brake disc or the pads need to be replaced.

In some cars, the driver gets help from indicator lights in the instrument cluster that show wear.

“If there is around two to three millimeters of remaining lining on disc brakes and around one millimeter on drum brakes, which are making a comeback thanks to electric cars, they should be replaced,” explains the ADAC.

A vehicle expert can also easily see whether the brake pads are still OK.

And an eye is also kept on this during the general inspection.

Manufacturers usually provide minimum thicknesses for brake discs and brake drums.

If these are not met, the components must be replaced.

But you should leave this to a professional.

After all, it's about your own safety.

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The costs for replacing the brakes vary from model to model.

According to

ADAC

, the Škoda Fabia costs around 440 euros, while brake pads and discs for the Mercedes EQE cost around 2200 euros.

Source: merkur

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