Even though the brake pads on your Jaguar are small and disposable, they play a huge part in maintaining your car's stopping power. It's important to know a thing or two about brake pads, including what they are, when to replace them, and how to replace them.
That's why we put together this brake pad buyer's guide for Jaguar owners. Below, we will answer the most common questions Jaguar owners have about brake pads. If you have a question that wasn't answered in this guide, you're welcome to contact us.
What are Brake Pads?
Each caliper has two brake pads. There's one brake pad situated at each side of the rotor. When you apply the brakes, the caliper squeezes the brake pads against the rotor. The friction from the brake pads against the rotor creates enough heat to stop the car in a matter of seconds.
A brake pad has two parts:
- A steel backing plate
- A 1/2" thick friction material
If you would like to read more about brake pads and how they work, this article has all the information you need: What are Brake Pads? Why are They Important?
How do I Know if My Brake Pads are Worn?
Brake pads last between 30K and 70K miles, but we recommend checking your brake pads every 15K miles or so. Luckily, inspecting your brake pads is pretty easy. All you have to do is to remove the wheel and see how much brake pad material is left.
We put together a comprehensive tutorial on checking your brake pads and identifying worn ones: How to Diagnose Failing Brake Pads
Should I Get OEM or Aftermarket Brake Pads?
Wondering if aftermarket brake pads are a better investment than OEM brake pads? The truth is that aftermarket brake pads may not be a good investment at all. OEM brake pads are actually the safer and cheaper solution in the long run. To make our case, check out this article that goes over why OEM is the better option: Are OEM Jaguar Brake Pads Better Than Aftermarket?
How do I Replace the Brake Pads on My Jaguar?
When you have worn out brake pads, you have to replace them as soon as possible to avoid any braking issues. The good news is that it's pretty easy to replace your brake pads at home. All you need are certain tools and this comprehensive tutorial: How to Replace the Brake Pads on Your Jaguar.
If you have any questions about the brake pads on your Jaguar that aren't answered here, we'd love for you to contact us. We're happy to chat with you and answer any questions you may have about brake pads!