Shopping for a new brake pad sensor? While many of today's pads are already offered together with this sensor, some pads don't come with this part in the package-you will have to find a separate one. And while shopping for the right sensor could be a challenge, this guide will help you find the best part for your ride without any problem.
What is a brake pad sensor?
This is a sensor attached to the brake pad. What it does is monitor the pad's thickness and alert you when that thickness goes beyond the thinnest level-you'll see the alert in the form of a blinking light on your dash. It is advised that you change the sensor each time you are replacing the pads.
What factors should you look into in your search for a new brake pad sensor?
- Sensor location. Depending on your vehicle, it may have a sensor in all four wheels or just one for the front and one for the rear wheels of your vehicle. Some sensors are specifically designed only for the rear wheels, the front wheels, or the wheels for the driver or the passenger side. Meanwhile, there are sensors that can be used for both the front and rear wheels, for the passenger and the driver side. You need to carefully check the one that you get to ensure that it matches the mounting location.
- Sensor mounting. Depending on the sensor design and the set-up in your braking system, there are sensors that can be easily bolted into the pads and sensors that are plugged and require the use of tools like needle-nose pliers for them to be removed and installed. Check the original one in your auto to determine which part to get.
- Sensor quantity. When you check online, you'll find that sensors come in different packages. Some sensors are offered individually, some in pairs, while others in a set. Find the right package according to your needs and save more dollars in your purchase.
Aside from all these factors, you'll also find that you can narrow down your choices based on the brand of the sensor. There are various brake pad sensor brands today, among which are Celtix, EBC, and Replacement. Most of these brands offer OE replacement sensors. To help you decide, you can look into online reviews and check out the warranty that they offer.