Changing Brake Pads Quiz

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Changing brakes pads is an important aspect of brake maintenance. How knowledgeable are you about brake pad changing procedures? Take this quiz and find out!

How important are brake pads to your vehicle's braking system?

Brake pads are extremely important to the braking system of a vehicle. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/change-brake-pads.htm">How to Change Brake Pads</a>

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What device alerts you when your brake pads need to be looked at?

Disc brakes usually include a part called a wear indicator. A wear indicator is a small piece of metal attached to the brake pad that contacts the brake rotor when the pad material has been worn down to a certain level. When the wear indicator grinds against the rotor, it makes a squealing noise as you apply the brakes. This noise is a signal that tells you it's time to have your brakes examined. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/change-brake-pads.htm">How to Change Brake Pads</a>

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How do wear indicators alert you that your brakes need to be looked at?

When the wear indicator grinds against the rotor, it makes a squealing noise as you apply the brakes. This noise is a signal that tells you it's time to have your brakes examined. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/change-brake-pads.htm">How to Change Brake Pads</a>

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While changing brake pads, where should you should you check for cracks or holes?

While you're looking at the pads, it's also a good idea to inspect the brake lines for cracks and holes. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/change-brake-pads.htm">How to Change Brake Pads</a>

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Why are cracks in the brake lines bad?

If there is a fault (or leak) in any of the brake lines, you could experience a loss in pressure and your brakes won't work properly -- they may even completely fail. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/change-brake-pads.htm">How to Change Brake Pads</a>

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What types of leaks are dangerous in a hydraulic brake system?

Even a small leak in a hydraulic brake system can be very dangerous. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/change-brake-pads.htm">How to Change Brake Pads</a>

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How long do brake pads last?

Your brake pads should last tens of thousands of miles, but that depends on the specific vehicle you drive and your own driving habits. The more you use your brakes, the shorter the lifespan of your brake pads. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/change-brake-pads.htm">How to Change Brake Pads</a>

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When changing brake pads, what should you use to raise your vehicle?

A jack is the correct answer. But when you're changing the brake pads, it's not enough to just raise the vehicle on a jack. You'll also need to use jack stands to support the raised vehicle. That is, if you can't raise it up the way mechanics do -- on a huge hydraulic lift. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/change-brake-pads.htm">How to Change Brake Pads</a>

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When you remove the wheels of your vehicle, what do you expose?

Removing the wheels exposes the pads, rotors and the calipers. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/change-brake-pads.htm">How to Change Brake Pads</a>

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What is the best tool for removing wheel nuts?

A lug wrench is an excellent tool for removing wheel nuts. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/change-brake-pads.htm">How to Change Brake Pads</a>

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