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Electric Vehicle Maintenance: Brake Pads

It is a common misconception that electric vehicles require no maintenance. There are a number of people who believe EVs don’t need many of the same things that their internal combustion engine counterparts do. Fluids, tires, lights, brakes, all these items need to be inspected and replaced at regular intervals.

Did you know your electric vehicle uses brake pads?

It’s true. Electric vehicles use brakes just like their gas-powered cousins. And just like gas-powered vehicles, your brake pads wear down over time and need to be replaced.

At Lacombe Quick Lane, we recommend having your brake calipers looked at every year, and your brake pads looked at and replaced every 2 years.

What about regenerative braking?

Regenerative braking systems are common in both electric and hybrid vehicles. This system uses the kinetic or potential energy created from braking and stores it for later use. While this system can apply less friction on the brake pad, it does still wear it down over time.

It is important to keep an eye on your brake pads through regular service and maintenance of your vehicle to catch any potential problems early.

There are three main concerns your EV expert will be watching for during routine maintenance:

1.       Brake Pad Adhesive

2.       Age and Decline

3.       Wear and Tear

There are 2 instances where you will be happy for brake pads in your EV.

If you find yourself frequently slamming on the brakes, there is a high chance your electric vehicle is bypassing the regenerative braking system and all the heavy lifting on your brake pads. This means they are going to wear out a lot faster than you expect.

If you find you need to stop suddenly, you will be happy to have properly working brake pads.

Regenerative braking can also be less effective at lower speeds. When travelling through a school or construction zone, for instance, your brake pads will be working along with the regenerative braking system.

What affects the life span you’re your brake pads?

Several factors can affect the lifespan of brake pads on EVs:

1.       Habits

2.       Terrain

3.       Climate

Aggressive driving, frequent stop-and-go traffic, and hilly terrains can increase brake pad wear. Extreme heat or cold can also impact the brake pad's material and potentially reduce its lifespan.

Because of these factors, it is important to keep your vehicle and your brakes in good condition. This is done through regular maintenance and service of your vehicle.

Drivers should be aware of any signs of brake pad wear. These signs may include squealing or grinding noises, vibration, or reduced braking performance. Addressing these issues can help prevent further damage to the braking system and maintain the safety and efficiency of the vehicle.

Our experts at Lacombe Quick Lane will help with all your maintenance needs whether you drive an EV, Hybrid or ICE vehicle. When you bring your vehicle to Lacombe Quick Lane, you’ll drive away with peace of mind, knowing everything is working and ready to get you where you need to be.


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