Automotive brake maintenance is one of the easiest things you can do for your vehicle. It doesn’t require any special tools or any special knowledge. Checking your EBC brakes & EBC brake pads will give you confidence when making quick stops. To check your EBC brakes, you do not even need to take your wheels off, although it might be a little easier. EBC brake pads do not have a certain period when they need to be changed like engine oil, because each vehicle is driven differently.
The first sign of your EBC brake pads wearing is if your brake pedal is softer than what is used to be. Overtime, the brake pedal will become softer as the pads wear down against the rotor. EBC brake pads can last thousands of miles for highway driving or a few hundred miles of high performance racing. If the brake pedal is still firm, then your EBC brake pads will continue to provide you with solid braking. EBC brakes should not be changed if they are still performing at their highest.
Brake fluid must also be maintained. This is just as important as brakes & rotors because if there is no fluid, your vehicle will not stop. Brake fluid travels to the caliper, which clamps the rotor to slow the car down. Your high quality EBC brake pads will be worthless without a constant flow of brake fluid. It is ideal to make sure the fluid is always at the appropriate level. Water or condensation also has a chance of affecting the fluid and it will destroy the master cylinder. If you notice the fluid is a milky color, then it must be changed.
Your brake pads can be seen with or without the wheels off, depending on your vehicle. The car must be jacked up and the wheels taken off if the EBC brake pads cannot be seen. EBC brake pads have wear indicators that allow the user to decide if they should be changed or not. A small metal shim will contact the rotor if the pads are worn down too far. This metal tab will affect the EBC rotors and need to be resurfaced. EBC brake pads will also wear down faster if they are organic. Organic is much softer than metallic or ceramic, but they create less brake dust. EBC brakes are not meant to last forever, which is why we must maintain them.
While you have the wheels off, the rotors can be easily checked as well. If they are EBC rotors, check the surface to see if any scoring has taken effect. Small pieces of debris can become embedded in the brake pads and damage the rotor’s surface. If this has occurred, they will either need to be resurfaced or replaced depending on how deep the scoring is. EBC rotors can be resurfaced, unlike other rotors that must be replaced. The rotors should be shiny and have some lines, but grooves and rough spots mean they are damaged.
If your vehicle is equipped with brake drums, then there is a small hole in the rear that allows you to see the brake shoes. These brake shoes wear down just like EBC brake pads, and serve the same purpose. The brake drum needs to be taken apart if you cannot see the shoes. The inside surface of the brake drum can also be damaged and should be checked. EBC brakes have replacement brake shoes for your brake drums. The inside of the brake drums can also be resurfaced, but will also create a larger diameter when the metal is shaved down.
Your car will talk back to you and make you aware when the brakes are starting to wear. EBC brake pads will create a metallic screeching noise if they are worn down too far. This is a very distinctive noise and should be serviced immediately. If your vehicle pulls to the left or right when you depress the brake pedal, then the brakes should be check immediately as well.
This may also be associated with worn tires or a bad alignment, but your EBC brakes play a role in it as well. When your brake hard and the vehicle shakes, your brakes are wearing down and must be checked. If you drive for too long with worn EBC brake pads, you will create more problems for you and your vehicle.