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Our expert insights into brake pads replacement in London

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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 fix my car? brake-pads-replacement/london

Save up to 30% on your brake pads replacement in London. 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?

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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.

View more symptomsView more symptoms

How much does it cost to fix my car? brake-pads-replacement/london

Save up to 30% on your brake pads replacement in London. 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
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How much does brake pads replacement cost in London?

How much does brake pads replacement cost in London?

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A typical brake pads replacement in London costs around £101.15 - £117.17. Depending on your car brand, model and engine, 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 London in order to give you an idea of how much the brake pads replacement should cost.

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Volkswagen Caddy C20 Tdi

1.9 litres

£126.32 £109.0914%

Mazda 2 Sport Colour

1.3 litres

£128.46 £105.1218%

Toyota Auris Icon Valvematic

1.6 litres

£130.16 £104.1320%

Kia Ceed 1

1.4 litres

£125.53 £107.1015%

Jaguar E Pace

2 litres

£123.94 £105.1215%

Audi A1 Sport Tfsi

1.4 litres

£129.60 £107.1017%

Mitsubishi Colt Czc

1.5 litres

£126.80 £108.1015%

Suzuki Grand Vitara Ddis

1.9 litres

£119.26 £101.1515%

Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear

2.8 litres

£140.26 £117.1716%

Mazda 2 Sport Colour

1.3 litres

£128.46 £105.1218%

Kia Ceed 1

1.4 litres

£125.53 £107.1015%

Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear

2.8 litres

£140.26 £117.1716%

Volkswagen Caddy C20 Tdi

1.9 litres

£126.32 £109.0914%

Suzuki Grand Vitara Ddis

1.9 litres

£119.26 £101.1515%
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* 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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MILLENNIUM GARAGES

London, UK
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MILLENNIUM GARAGES is located in London, UK. We provide quality car services and repairs with our team of expert mechanics

HOLOCENE MOTOR GROUP

London, UK
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BLENHEIM TRANSPORT LTD

LONDON, UK
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15 reviews
We are located in LONDON, UK and handle your vehicle's MOT, Servicing and Repairs for all car makes and models.

PORSHEWORX ENGINEERING LTD

London, UK
stars-5
16 reviews
We are located in London, UK and handle your vehicle's MOT, Servicing and Repairs for all car makes and models.

CANNING CAR CARE

London, UK
stars-5
26 reviews
CANNING CAR CARE is located in London, UK. We provide quality car services and repairs with our team of expert mechanics

DUNDALK MOTORS

London, UK
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27 reviews
DUNDALK MOTORS and their team of qualified mechanics at London, UK look after your cars MOT, Servicing and Repairs

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    Got my front and rear brake pads and discs changed with Fixter over the Summer and it was such a great and easy experience. Their Fixter Hero Emmanuel called me in the morning to say he had arrived, took a few pictures to check car, I was called during the day to confirm work was done and my car was...

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    When I was looking for somewhere to get my MOT done and saw fixter I was so skeptical about using it as it seemed way too good to be true. So glad I used it now!! Paid £29 for an amazing service. A friendly driver collected my car on time and even brought it back early all whilst I was at work which...

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Want to learn more about brake pads replacement in London?

Want to learn more about brake pads replacement in London?

How often I replace my brake pads?

As a rough guide, your brake pads should last for 50,000 miles, but there are a number of variables, including driver behaviour, the weight you carry, speed and the type of pads used. Not to mention that nearly 20% of MOT failures are caused by faulty brakes.

What causes your brake pads to stop working correctly?

While your brake pads will keep you safe over thousands of miles, they won't last forever. Eventually, the abrasive surface on them wears down, and they will need to be replaced, ideally while you still have around 25% capacity of the pads left.

Given that they take most of the load, front brake pads will probably need replacing first. They also have a bigger surface area to increase friction.

How much does a full brake job cost?

A full brake replacement of pads and discs to both front and rear wheels could cost between £350 and £600. For high-end models and the inclusion of premium quality parts, you could pay up to £1000 or more. The cost will depend on the make and model of your car and the type of garage or service centre you choose to carry out the work.

Can I still drive if my brake pads are worn?

It depends on how worn they are. If your brakes are beyond the limit of acceptable performance, then, no, you should stop using the vehicle and have the pads replaced as soon as possible. Worn brake pads with more than 3mm of pad remaining should still deliver the necessary performance. If there is any sign that your braking isn't as efficient as usual, it's time to have them checked out or replaced.

Can you drive a car without a brake pad?

If you have a brake pad missing, it isn't safe to drive your car and is also likely to cause additional damage to the other components of your braking system. It would be foolish to continue to use the car with a brake pad missing. The additional cost of replacing callipers, discs and pads, could easily set you back hundreds of pounds.

Can I change brake pads myself?

A competent home- or DIY-mechanic should have no real problems changing their brake pads. It may seem like an intimidating task at first, but it's relatively straightforward with the correct tools for the job. Changing a set of brake pads should take around an hour.

Be sure to jack your car up safely and securely, and that the brakes are cold before you begin the work. However, Fixter mechanics are always here to help if you find it too complicated.

What happens if you don't fix your brakes?

Driving in ill-performing or badly worn brakes could cause your brake discs to warp, crack or break. Incorrect application of the brake pads will result in the heat produced by the applied friction being distributed unevenly. Excessive heat at specific points to the pads and discs can cause additional issues, leading to expensive repairs.

Can I see my brake pads without removing the wheel?

With many wheels—yes, you can. On most makes and models of car, you can see through the spokes of an alloy wheel or the gaps in a steel wheel (with the hubcap removed) directly to your brake discs and pads. Some wheels, however, of more solid construction and appearance, will need to be removed to access the brakes for inspection.

How do I get my brakes to stop squeaking?

You should clean all areas around the pistons, callipers and backing plates. Once clean, try applying an anti-squeal adhesive before replacing the pads. This clever adhesive removes all air and creates an incredibly stable base for your brake pads.

How do I know my brake pads size?

To find out the correct size brake pads for your vehicle, you should check your manufacturer's handbook. Most auto traders will have a lookup tool or a component search that only requires your make, model and year of manufacture to determine the correct items for your car.

Replacing a pad like-for-like is another simple option.

How do I know if my front or rear brakes are bad?

If your front brake pads have worn out, they're more likely to make nasty noises. Worn-out rear brake pads have a tendency not to make the same noises but cause the car to vibrate. Some drivers suggest that front brake problems can be felt through a vibrating steering wheel; with back brake issues, the vibration is more likely to be felt in the seat.

How long do rear brakes last?

The rule of thumb for brake pad lifespan is around 50,000 miles. Most of the slowing and stopping braking is loaded to the front brakes, which would depict greater wear. However, the rear brakes are used for parking and some driving functions that control specific applications. The best test is to check for pad wear, corrosion, or any other issue which would determine their replacement.

Do rear brakes wear out faster?

There are several factors to determine which set of pads will wear out faster—front or rear. Generally, the front pads wear faster than the rear. The size and weight of the vehicle can affect the wear at each end, as can specific functions that use the rear brakes for additional control.

Some manufacturers place the majority of braking in the rear wheels to avoid the nose dipping too harshly when braking. This will obviously add more wear to the rear brakes.

How many brake pads are needed for the front?

Each wheel of a car typically has a single calliper that operates 2 brake pads. However, some supercars and high-performance sports cars—and also competition cars built for specifically for racing—run 2 callipers per wheel. Where those dual calliper setups are involved, the front wheels will have a total of 8 brake pads in the front brakes.

Will brake pads fail MOT

Yes, incorrect brake operation, damaged or excessively worn discs or pads are considered unsafe for your vehicle performance and will cause your car to fail an MOT.

Are front or rear brakes more important?

Both brakes operate different roles and are equally important to the efficient stopping of our cars. The front brake will generally handle a larger percentage of the heavy braking, managing the speed at which we come to a stop. The rear brakes make sure the car stays in line, reduces stopping distances, and where rear brakes are applied momentarily before the front, this can help reduce the nose of the car from dipping unnecessarily.

What's better: carbon or ceramic brake pads?

This popular question is somewhat of a misnomer. Brake pads aren't typically made of either carbon or ceramic in the motor industry. The term arises from the type of brake pad used with a ceramic brake disc.

A ceramic only brake pad would be too harsh and produce excessive wear. A carbon brake pad is far too extreme for daily driving use. They do appear in F1 cars if that helps explain just how efficient they are.

The brake pads used with ceramic discs utilise compounds similar to those with traditional iron brakes, yet have been developed for the different material. They tend to include ceramic materials blended with copper fibres.

How long do ceramic brakes last?

Carbon-ceramic brake discs offer exceptional wear and long lifespans. Many will last the lifetime of the vehicle they're installed in. Ceramic compound pads will last much longer than a traditional organic brake pad—but will cost around twice as much.

Under normal driving conditions, ceramic pads could also last the lifetime of the vehicle; as for track or race use, they will wear accordingly to the amount of heavy braking they deliver.

Do brake pad brands matter?

The brand name matters less than the business reputation. Branding has a lot to do with marketing. A popular brand can inflate prices, not to do with quality, but with demand.

If you really want to know if a brake pad is worth the money, check out its performance, customer and industry reviews.

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