Your brakes stop your Volkswagen. They do it by clamping brake their calipers and brake rotors together. This is what creates the friction, or resistance, that slows your vehicle's wheels and tires. However, calipers can't press rotors without brake pads, or else they'd get damaged. Your VW has one of four types of pads, depending on its model. Organic brake pads are for everyday driving. They're reliable, they don't wear rotors down as badly, and they don't create much dust. Best of all, they're inexpensive. Ceramic brake pads work a little better in bad weather, they don't make much noise, and their dust isn't as sticky. Metallic brake pads, however, stand up to higher heat, feel firmer, and resist brake fade. Carbon fiber brake pads are the strongest and best performers, tolerant of very high temperatures and providing the most stopping power. Most cars and SUVs use either metallic or organic pads. However, many sports cars and performance vehicles use ceramic or carbon fiber pads because they do the best job expelling heat.
How Long Do Volkswagen Brake Pads Last?
However, no brake pad lasts forever, not even those Volkswagen makes. You should change yours every 40,000 to 50,000 miles or so. Otherwise, figure out when to replace them by looking for the signs your brakes are going bad. They include warning lights, worn pad surfaces, pad damage, whiny brakes, and taking longer to stop. The worst are vibration and grinding, as they indicate your rotors are warped and getting damaged because your brake pads have degraded.
If you need new brake pads, get genuine VW. They're guaranteed to fit the model you drive. Our auto parts store has a wide selection, and you can buy a set online. Order today!
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