Brake Pad Replacement

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Mobile Brake Pad Replacement at home or office

Mobile brake pad replacement at your home or office makes a simple job even easier! Even though brake pad replacement is a fairly straight forward job, the commute to and from the mechanic can take up a whole afternoon.

Having your brake pads replaced on site saves that commuting time. You can continue to work, whether at home or the office, and our mobile mechanics will come to you. Most vehicle repairs can be done right in your driveway and we'll even come out to give you the repair estimates.

What is a Brake Pad Replacement?

The braking system of your car is essentially made up of three main parts: The rotor (the shiny disc you can sometimes see behind the rims or hubcaps) the brake pads, which make contact with the rotor when you apply the brakes, and the caliper, which holds the brake pads and squeezes them onto both sides of the rotor to create friction to slow the wheel down.

A simple brake pad replacement takes the old pads off the caliper, and replaces them. A full brake job can involve fixing or replacing all of the parts mentioned.

How is a Brake Pad Replacement Done?

Depending on how much you drive, you'll need to change your brake pads about every 50,000 miles or sooner.

The old pads are removed from the caliper and replaced with the new ones. The rotors are checked for any wear and damage. Through use, the rotors can become warped, and brake debris can build up from the brake pads. Every second or third brake change should include getting your rotors turned, or machined. This gets rid of the built-up debris and warping, keeping your rotors smooth and extending their life.

Symptoms That Indicate You Need A Brake Pad Replacement

Brake pads are designed to create a noticeable squealing noise when they need to be changed. This is built into the brake pad, and when it makes contact with the rotor, the friction causes the noise. If you hear grinding, which is metal on metal, you have waited too long and you may begin doing damage to your braking system.


Pads are responsible for stopping and slowing down your car. Without this ability, you essentially do not have control of your car.

Pads are typically cheap, as they are intended to be replaced promptly when needed.

Average Cost

Brake pad replacement averages around $150 per axle, or a range of $100 to $300. This is a fairly straight forward job, and is possible to do on your own. However, if there are additional issues that are found once you have the car up, you could find yourself working on a much longer project.

You'll also need to make an initial investment for all the tools required, including a jack and jack stands. The investment spent on tools would be better spent paying an experienced, qualified mechanic that can come to you.