Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
Are ceramic brake pads the best pad material for all Nissan Maxima models?
Answer: There is really no best brake pad for any Nissan Maxima model. The right type of brake pad material depends on the needs and preferences of the vehicle owner. Semi-metallic and sintered brake pad sets are offered by online stores to Nissan Maxima owners who are also engaged in racing activities. For ordinary street drivers, ceramic and organic Nissan Maxima brake pad sets are ideal for their daily driving needs.
Can brake pad glazing in Nissan Maxima pads cause rotor warping?
Answer: Yes. Glazing is the effect of high temperature to the resin that binds the minerals and metals in the brake pads. The resin turns to liquid and glazes the rotor, preventing the pad and the rotor from maintaining normal working contact. This will result to pulsating brakes or the so-called rotor warping. Apart from this, glazing was proven to be very dangerous because it results to loss of pad bite for Nissan Maxima brake pads.
How often should Nissan Maxima brake pad sets be replaced?
Answer: Brake pad wear and tear usually depends on the Nissan Maxima owner's driving habits, the vehicle's driving environment or terrain, and many others. Generally, brake pad wear is faster for performance drivers since their driving conditions and habits are harsher than that of the daily drivers. But ideally, Nissan Maxima front brake pads should be replaced after an average of 30,000 miles. For the rear pads, since they last longer, 50,000 or 60,000 miles of use would suffice.
Is it normal for Nissan Maxima front and rear brake pads to produce squealing or squeaking sounds?
Answer: No. Squealing, squeaking, grinding, or any kind of noise is a sign of brake pad deterioration. If a Nissan Maxima owner hears these kinds of noises when braking or if the brake pedal seems lower than usual, it is definitely time to get a new set of Nissan Maxima brake pads.
What could happen if the owner failed to 'break in' the replacement Nissan Maxima brake pad set?
Answer: The process of 'breaking in' or pad bedding is imperative for new Nissan Maxima brake pads. Failure to do this will result to poor braking performance or worse, it can cause rotor warping or pulsating brakes. The goal of properly breaking in the pads is to layout an even sheet of friction deposits on the rotors from the Nissan Maxima brake pads. The even distribution of this thin layer of deposits is essential to the power stopping capabilities of the new pads.