FAQs—Dodge Brake Disc and Pad Kit
- I live in a flood-prone area and unfortunately, my Dodge has been affected by the recent flood. After a wash, I test drive it and hear some screeching sounds every time I step on the brake. Does this mean the brake disc needs to be replaced? What about the pads?
If you left your vehicle idle after the flood, a vehicle that has been exposed to water for a time usually will have a fine layer of rust on the brake disc because of the moisture. When this happens, you may hear screeching or squeaking noises, as the brake pads bear down on the rust- coated brake discs. After the rust wears off, the sounds will stop. However, if the sounds persist, you must replace the brake pads.
- I have been driving my Dodge for just two years. Do I have to replace the brake discs and brake pads at the same time? Why?
If the vehicle is reasonably new, you do not have to change the brake discs. You have to change them when they are badly scored or are worn out unevenly. However, if that is not the case, it is highly recommended to replace both at the same time to achieve optimized braking force. If either of the components is not in best condition, the braking performance will be negatively affected. Manufacturers provide a wide range of Dodge brake disc and pad kits. Some kits are available for online purchase that includes free shipping, depending on the location.
- My Dodge just finished its first tune-up maintenance. How often do I need to replace my brake discs?
Generally, your front disc must be replaced when either side of the surface is worn out by more than 1mm. On the other hand, replace the rear disc when the rear disc's surface is worn out by more than 0.5mm-0.75mm. When purchasing a Dodge brake disc and pad kit, the wear limit value is marked on each disc. Some brands even have groove on the disc that indicates the wear limit, so when the groove disappears, it indicates time for disc replacement.
- For some reason, my Dodge has some rust on the edges of the rotors, although not on the area that actually has contact with the brake pads. Do I still need to replace the brake discs?
It is not uncommon to find rust on the edges of the rotors. However, the more troubling concern would be the grooves on your rotors. Placing new brake pads on the grooved discs is going to wear down the pads quicker. The grooved brake discs may also cause wobbling to your wheels when you change to new brake pads. It is better to opt to replace the brake discs now than to wait for a bigger breakdown in the future.
- How much does a Dodge brake disc and pad kit costs? Is it cheaper to buy them separately?
There are literally so many brands of brake discs and pads available. It is best to research first for your requirements according to your specified specifications. Most manufacturers have partnerships with various dealers and distributors that have online stores. You can check them out first.