Brake Pads are one of the most important safety features that your ’16 Chevy Silverado has. If the pads are worn, replacing them must be done in a timely manor. Waiting can increase the cost of repair and compromise safety.
Best Brake Pads For 2016 Chevy Silverado
Always use the check vehicle fit option and enter in 2016 Chevy Silverado, the trim line, and engine before buying parts. This will ensure that you are getting exactly what parts your Silverado needs.
What Your 2016 Silverado’s Brakes Do
The brake caliper utilizes pistons that press the brake pads into the rotors when you press the brake. This is how your Silverado slows down. The byproduct of this is heat and wear on the pads.
How long your brake pads last is going to depend on the driver and driving conditions more than anything else. If you drive your Silverado in stop and go traffic all day, they are going to wear much faster than if you drive long stretches with little stopping involved.
How to Tell if Your ’16 Silverado Needs Brake Pads
Eventually all of these times pressing the brake pedal add up, and you are left with pads that are worn out. Determining if they are worn is relatively easy.
Brake pads come with squealers attached. These are little bitty pieces of metal that don’t touch the rotor until the pad wears down into them.
Once this happens, every time that you press the brakes, you’ll hear an obnoxious sound coming from them. It almost sounds like the sound effect that you hear in movies from the sudden stopping of a train.
If you hear this sound, it’s a good idea to go ahead and change the brake pads soon. When brakes squeal, it indicates that there is not a lot of material left to wear down before they start to grind.
You’ll know if your brakes are grinding. When you press the pedal down, you’ll hear and feel a horrible grind. This is the part of the brake pad with no friction material left making contact with the rotor.
It’s very dangerous to drive like this. Your rotors will be ruined fast, which can lead to a much more expensive repair.
If you haven’t driven your ’16 Silverado in awhile, or if your brakes have gotten wet, you may experience a temporary grinding as the brake rotors clean themselves off.