We had a full day doing Bosch brake pads, a transmission filter w/ VW transmission fluid and OE spark plugs on a Volkswagen Jetta. The Bimmers were in for Continental Extreme Contact tires and a 5w30 Liqui Moly oil change with a Mann oil filter and a Mann air filter. Nothing but the best for this trio!
Need brakes? We can fix that!
We use OE brake pads (what came on your vehicle when it was new) or Wagner Thermoquiet pads depending on the application and the availability. You get much better stopping power without any noise by going this route.
Some shops will use the least expensive pads they can get. We've done this a few times and it always comes back to bite us. Whether, the brakes squeak, vibrate or dust up....it just isn't good for our customers.
For commercial vehicles that get heavy use in stop and go situations, commercial grade pads will always pay for themselves. They last longer and stop shorter under heavy loads. The extra stopping power by itself will likely keep you or your co-workers out of an accident, which is worth the cost alone. Plus, you can expect a much longer interval between pad replacements which saves you money over the life of the vehicle.
Have question? No problem, just give me or Laura a call at 952-929-0230.
It might not be as bad as you think. Many brake pads have a small piece of metal that sticks out (see picture).
The flip side to this is that not all pads have wear indicators. So, if you year a grinding noise, and your pads don't have wear indicators, then it's likely that all of the pad material is used up and you have a real safety concern on your hands. I see this quite frequently, and it can eventually ruin the calipers which can be expensive to replace.
Ultimately, the best practice is to have your brakes checked regularly by a shop you trust. They can alert you to changes in your pad wear before you experience any grinding and help you plan out the repair so it isn't a surprise at a bad time, like when you just spent a bunch of money on Christmas presents. Plus, a great shop can spot abnormal or uneven wear, which can lengthen your stopping distances, even though the pads aren't officially worn out.
So, if you are hearing a grinding it's time to take it in to your favorite shop. If you don't have a regular shop, give me a call. I can take a look at it for you.