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Our expert insights into brake pads replacement

Our expert insights into brake pads replacement

What are brake pads?

Brake pads are a key component of any vehicle’s braking system. When you use your brakes, the pads hydraulically squeeze the brake discs, slowing your car down through friction and pressure.

Symptoms of malfunctioning brakes pads

A loud screeching or grinding noise when you apply the brakes or feeling your car vibrating under braking is a clear indicator that new pads are required.

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How much does it cost to change my brake pads?

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Hey Fixter, how often should front brake pads need replacing?

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What are brake pads?

Brake pads are a key component of any vehicle’s braking system. When you use your brakes, the pads hydraulically squeeze the brake discs, slowing your car down through friction and pressure.

Symptoms of malfunctioning brakes pads

A loud screeching or grinding noise when you apply the brakes or feeling your car vibrating under braking is a clear indicator that new pads are required.

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How much does it cost to change my brake pads?

Save up to 30% on your brake pads replacement. See our table below to browse our honest, upfront prices.

What happens when we replace your brake pads?

  • Our efficient and fully qualified mechanics will establish which brake pads need to be replaced and fit new ones as necessary.
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Daniel, from London

Hey Fixter, how often should front brake pads need replacing?

Daniel
Terry

Terry, Fixter in-house mechanic expert

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How much does brake pads replacement cost?

How much does brake pads replacement cost?

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A typical brake pads replacement in the UK costs around £101.15 - £117.17. Depending on your car brand, model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a brake pads replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We have computed prices for some of the best-selling cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much the brake pads replacement should cost.

Car make and modelDealers
average price
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Volkswagen Caddy C20 Tdi

1.9 litres

£126.32 £109.0914%

Kia Ceed 1

1.4 litres

£125.53 £107.1015%

Mazda 2 Sport Colour

1.3 litres

£128.46 £105.1218%

Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear

2.8 litres

£140.26 £117.1716%

Audi A1 Sport Tfsi

1.4 litres

£129.60 £107.1017%

Jaguar E Pace

2 litres

£123.94 £105.1215%

Ford C Max Titanium

1.5 litres

£132.06 £107.1019%

Mitsubishi Colt Czc

1.5 litres

£126.80 £108.1015%

Toyota Auris Icon Valvematic

1.6 litres

£130.16 £104.1320%

Suzuki Grand Vitara Ddis

1.9 litres

£119.26 £101.1515%

Suzuki Grand Vitara Ddis

1.9 litres

£119.26 £101.1515%

Toyota Auris Icon Valvematic

1.6 litres

£130.16 £104.1320%

Ford C Max Titanium

1.5 litres

£132.06 £107.1019%

Jaguar E Pace

2 litres

£123.94 £105.1215%

Mazda 2 Sport Colour

1.3 litres

£128.46 £105.1218%

* The cost of your brake pads replacement depends on your car make and model and may vary depending on your location.

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We personally select every local garage based on our unique 25-point criteria, which includes staff qualifications, equipment standards and customer ratings.

Fully qualified mechanics with 10+ years’ experience 👨‍🔧

Your car is in the UK’s safest expert hands.

Manufacturer-equivalent parts only ⚙️

Identical to your manufacturer’s, but much cheaper!

In-house experts approve all work personally 🔍

Every service carried out by our partner garages is fully reviewed.

12-month warranty on parts and labour 🛠

Any additional work needed will be carried out for free.

Want to learn more about brake pads replacement?

Want to learn more about brake pads replacement?

What do brake pads do?

Your brake pads apply friction through pressure to your brake discs, to slow your car down or stop it. Your brake pads are fitted to callipers, located either side of the brake disc, that come together to press against the disc when you apply the brake pedal.

How can you tell if your brake pads need replacing?

It could be a sign that your brake pads need replacing if you hear squeals or screeching sounds coming from your brakes. Check the pads and discs for wear. If there is less than 0.25" or 3mm of pad showing, it's time for some new ones.

If your car pulls to one side, your car vibrates, or the brake pedal is soft or sinks to the floor, these could all be indicators that your brake pads are at the end of their useful life.

How much does it cost to replace brake pads?

Brake pad replacement will cost somewhere in the region of £100/£125, with pad and disc replacement around the £200/£250 mark. You should also consider servicing of other vital parts at the same time. Prices will vary down to the make and model of your vehicle and also where you choose to have the work carried out.

When you choose Fixter mechanic to carry out your rear brake pad replacement, you can expect to save around £20–£25 from an average dealer price.

Can you drive with worn out brake pads?

Driving with worn-out brake pads is very dangerous. If you continue to drive with worn-out pads, your braking performance will deteriorate further. Worn out brake pads should be replaced immediately. A visual check should confirm when the pads need replacing, or when a sensor triggers a dashboard warning light.

What does a worn brake pad sound like?

A worn brake pad can deliver screeching, squealing or grinding noises. These types of sounds are clear indicators that your brakes aren't performing as they should be. When the pads have suffered such severe wear and have less than 3mm of pad showing, it could be the rotor that's pressing against the brake disc, creating those less than healthy noises.

How long can you drive on bad brake pads?

You shouldn't drive on worn out or damaged brake pads at all. It's dangerous, and you'll be risking the safety of your passengers, other road-users and the public.

The suggested lifespan of a car's brake pads can be anywhere between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, but that all depends on how you drive.

How long can you go without changing your brakes?

Generally, brake pads should be replaced around the 50,000 miles mark. However, that can vary depending on the quality of brake components you choose, how you drive and the make and model of your car. Check your owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommended mileage, or monitor the pad wear regularly to make sure there are no other associated issues.

Why does my car creak when I brake?

If your car creaks while braking, there could be a problem with your calliper piston, slide pins or boots, alternatively it could be down to corroded discs. You can usually resolve a creaky brake system by removing and cleaning the components, applying a fresh coating of grease, releasing any restricted movement, and then reassembling.

What happens if you keep driving with bad brakes?

If there's a problem with your brakes, it could cause further issues if you choose to keep driving. Where a brake pad is stuck or rubbing against a disc, it will cause excess heat to the pads and discs and the associated components surrounding them. Excessive heat can cause discs to warp, adding problems to your braking system. Replacing discs and pads on top of the required repair will cost a lot more than the repair alone would.

Should I replace all brake pads at once?

Not necessarily—however, you should replace your brakes in pairs. Front and rear brakes apply different pressures, to distribute weight transfer and provide safer stopping. The front brakes carry out the majority share of the work (around 70%). It's likely that your front brakes will need changing long before the rear, and wouldn't be cost-effective to replace them all at once if there's still plenty of life in the rear pads.

You must change pads in pairs though. Both sides need to operate with the same performance, or your car will pull to one side when braking.

What happens if you don't grease brakes?

An inadequately greased brake setup can produce squealing noises or for the brakes to stick in place. It could also be responsible for inadequate brake response and a pulsating brake pedal. Without the correct lubrication, the callipers may seize or become misaligned, causing the poor connection between the pads and discs, grabbing and making unwanted noises.

Are worn brake pads dangerous?

Yes. Defective brakes reduce the safety of your car's performance. Slowing down and stopping your vehicle even a fraction too late could have disastrous and fatal results. Worn brake pads cause reduced braking power, increased stopping distances, skidding and more. Replace your worn-out brake pads as soon as possible.

Why my rear brake pads wear faster?

Generally, front brakes do the majority share of braking during driving, but there are times when rear brakes will wear faster.

If a car has cruise control, stability control, hill start assist, or stop-start driving, then the rear brakes may be used more often during those functions. Other reasons for faster rear brake wear could be faults in the handbrake or with the specific pads, discs or callipers.

How many brake pads does a car have?

There are 2 brake pads in each wheel calliper, making 8 brake pads in total.

Some supercars, competition cars and high-performance sports cars have 2 brake callipers per wheel. The total number of brake pads for those cars rises to 16 where double callipers are used in all 4 wheels and 12 where dual callipers are installed in the front wheels and a single calliper used in the back wheels.

How often do rear brakes need to be replaced?

You should replace your rear brakes when they wear out, but having an idea when that will happen can help. The general manufacturer or industry standard is around the 40,000 or 50,000 mark. However, it could be anywhere between 25,000 and 70,000. Consult your owner's manual for a specific recommendation for your car.

What happens if rear brakes go out?

If you leave your brakes too long before you replace them, it will affect their performance. Reduced brake performance means poor safety for your passengers and other road users. Rear brakes may have reduced function, which not only affects the slowing and stopping of your car, but the hold offered by the parking brake.

How long do brakes last after squeaking?

It depends on the squeak. Various circumstances can cause squeaking brakes. Where debris has infiltrated your brakes, damage can occur that would require immediate attention or replacement. Loose components or poorly aligned pads can be sorted with a little effort.

Are front and rear brakes the same?

No. Your front brake is designed to handle most of the vehicles stopping forces, which means they tend to be larger in both size and weight. Larger brake pads and discs increase surface area contact and friction, delivering more aggressive braking. Discs are thicker to manage increased temperatures and to retain their shape. Higher hydraulic pressure and larger, multi-piston calliper options deliver enhanced clamping force.

How to make my brake pads last longer?

Try avoiding driving at high speeds so that you're less likely to need to brake quickly and heavily, which puts extra pressure on the pads.

Anticipate traffic and hazards ahead so you can brake steadily and gradually.

Heavy loads also put stress on brake pads – don't carry unnecessary weight.

What type of brake pad is best?

2 high-performance brake pad options are leading the field. Ceramic or semi-metallic. The best brake pad for you depends on the type of car you drive, your driving style, and the performance you're looking for. Ceramic brakes offer very little noise and wear where metallic pads provide higher performance but are noisier and won't wear quite as well.

Urban commuters could tend towards ceramic-based compounds, where sportscar drivers should prefer semi-metallic options. High mileage drivers could still prefer the more basic organic pads offering low noise, low wear and low prices.

What is more expensive front or rear brakes?

Given their larger size, front brake pads and associated components tend to be more expensive than those fitted in the rear brakes. A typical set of front brake pads will cost around £10 more than your rear brake pads.

How much does it cost to change your rear brakes?

Replacing your rear brake pads and discs is likely to cost between £150 and £250 for the average car. These price suggestions will differ depending on the make and model of your vehicle, as well as where you choose to have the work carried out. High-performance components such as ceramic-based or semi-metallic brake pad options will significantly raise the price of the replacement.

How many mm is safe on brake pads?

The amount of remaining pad material a car should have showing is a minimum of 3mm. A brake pad usually begins its life with 11 or 12mm of material. If you fail to replace brake pads before they wear down to the backing plate, they will gouge into the brake disc. This damage is never good and often means replacing your discs as well.

Are cheap brake pads any good?

Cheap brake pads are often made with the cheapest materials. They can be unpredictable and typically offer a reduced length of service than a more sensibly priced option. Their long-term value often proves them to be far less cost-effective.

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