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Of all the many vehicle parts and systems that allow your car to stop, go, and change direction reliably and with precision, brakes are among the least understood – and most overlooked – critical systems out there. And look: we get it. Brakes aren’t as immediately flashy and intoxicating as a loud, boisterous V8 or a particularly sharp-looking set of coilovers. When brakes do get shown some love, it’s often more about the appearance of the brakes – big calipers with brightly colored coatings, or the mesmerizing patterns of a drilled and slotted rotor – than it is about the performance.
If you spend any time driving an electric car, you know that they very rarely use their conventional braking systems. One-pedal driving or not, the powerful electric motors that drive the vehicle also stop your EV in most situations. While that sounds great for brake life, it also poses new challenges for EV owners. Here are those electric vehicle brake problems, and how the folks at NRS Brakes can help you avoid them.
Automotive brakes haven’t changed much in nearly a century. Decades ago, engineers came up with a great system, and have largely stuck with it. With the dawn of electric vehicles, automakers had the opportunity to reinvent the system. But they decided not to. Instead, they made small changes and improvements, but left the core parts the same. Take a break and learn how brakes, how EV brakes are different, and why NRS galvanized brake pads are the perfect choice for electric vehicles.
It’s hard to think of a more important automotive component than brakes. The ability to stop your car quickly, consistently, and repeatedly without losing control is crucial to keeping you and others safe out on the road. If your braking system isn’t well maintained, your chance of being involved in something “unfortunate” increases significantly.
Whether you’re a seasoned shade tree mechanic, or a newbie just looking to get your feet wet, brake pad replacement is one of the best maintenance procedures you can do yourself. All it takes is a jack, some jack stands, a few basic hand tools, and of course, your replacement pads and pad hardware. In just the span of an afternoon, you can take your car from squealing, ineffective braking to like-new stopping performance, and you can save a substantial chunk of money doing it.
Your car’s brakes have a tough job, especially the brake pads. If you can’t remember the last time you changed them, chances are, you’re due. But how much cash do you need to set aside for some shiny new pads, and how much should that brake pad replacement cost?
Brake pads are one of the most overlooked, but vital, parts of our vehicles’ health. Every time you use your car’s brakes, it slightly wears away the brake pad friction material. Over thousands upon thousands of stops, that wear adds up. Once the pads get to a certain thinness, it’s time to replace them. So how do you know when you’ve reached that point?