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Commercial Truck Brakes 101 – The Importance of Brake Pads

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Newton’s first law of motion explains that an object will not change its motion unless an external net force acts on it. When you’re in a truck that weighs close to 35,000 pounds, you want to have the confidence that there is a force strong enough to stop it when in motion. The braking system is key to stopping any vehicle. Understanding brake pads is key to buying the right ones to fit your fleet’s trucks. Make a mobile truck tire repair service part of your safety culture and ensure your fleet vehicles have high quality, optimally functioning brake pads at all times. 


Types of Brake Pads 

Brake pads absorb the kinetic energy of the wheels and create friction against the rotors, which slows or stops the wheel’s rotations, allowing drivers to control the vehicle. Thus, it’s important that brake pads are in top condition and capable of doing their job to the highest level of safety. 


There are several types of materials that brake pads are made of:


  1. Organic Brake Pads – Made of a blend of organic materials, such as rubber, glass or Kevlar, these brake pads are made for everyday driving. They won’t generate a lot of brake dust and don’t produce a lot of noise, but they will wear out faster than some other materials. They aren’t suitable for heavy-duty trucks.


  1. Semi-Metallic Brake Pads – These pads contain both organic materials and metal fibers, like steel or copper. These brake pads have good stopping power over organic pads, but they’ll be noisier and may wear the brake rotors out faster. These brake pads are preferred for heavy tow loads or steep terrains. 


  1. Ceramic Brake Pads – Made of ceramic compounds and copper fibers, ceramic brake pads have a longer life than organic or semi-metallic pads. They can be more expensive, but they also have excellent stopping power. You can use these pads for urban traffic, or steep terrains or heavy tow-loads. 


  1. Low-Metallic Brake Pads – These brake pads are better than organic brake pads, because they contain both organic materials and metal fibers, but they do generate more noise and dust. They are an affordable option over ceramic brake pads. 


How Often Should You Replace Brake Pads?

Truck brake pads have a wear rating, which should give you an idea of when they will need to be replaced. Most brake pads last about 40,000 miles, but it can depend on where and how the truck is driven. Train your drivers to inspect the brakes on their trucks before each journey and know what signs of wear to watch for. In addition to visual inspections, when brake pads start to wear down, drivers may notice a reduced braking response or hear grinding noises when braking. Sometimes they may also experience vibrations when braking. Regular vehicle maintenance by your commercial truck service will help your team keep fleet trucks in the best shape. 


Brake Pad Maintenance Is Critical to Safety 

Commercial trucks are the heaviest vehicles on the road. It’s vital to everyone’s safety that truck brakes and brake pads are well-maintained so that the vehicle’s stopping power isn’t impacted. When your drivers do face a problem, STTC’s mobile truck tire repair service comes to your truck to make repairs and get it back on the road quickly. 


Give us a call now at 610-954-8473 or contact us online to learn more about our mobile truck tire repair service. Our team can keep your fleet’s tires and brake pads at their best for safety and efficiency on the road. 

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