Brake pads are tasked with applying pressure to a brake rotor, and as a result, the friction between the two makes your car stop. You should never have to doubt your braking ability, but it's also a given that your Nissan Altima brake pads will eventually wear out. In many cases, just changing the brake pads will give you back the braking control you need for safe driving, and AutoZone has all the brake parts you will ever need.
Different Types of Brake Pads & What They Do
At each wheel on your 2017 Nissan Altima, brake pads and rotors are fitted securely to the wheel knuckle. As you drive, the rotor spins at the same RPM as the wheel. When you press the brake pedal from the driver's seat, a caliper holding the brake pads squeezes against the rotor and the friction makes your car stop.
Brake pads are comprised of friction material bonded to a backing plate, and there are different types. The most common type for a 2017 Altima brake pad replacement is ceramic brake pads that have long-lasting durability, low noise, and excellent stopping power. Other options can sometimes include semi-metallic brake pads that are value-based and high-performance but make some noise, and organic brake pads that are quiet and gentle to use but don't last as long. The choice is yours.
How Do You Know Brake Pads & Rotors Are Bad?
When your car's brakes aren't in tiptop condition anymore, you'll hear or feel it. Squealing or grinding sounds when you press the pedal indicate worn-out brake pads, and a vibration in the steering wheel or brake pedal when you apply the brakes often means bad brake rotors. Of course, pulling to one side when braking or longer than normal stopping distances are clear signs too.
If you inspect the brake pads, there should be 1/4" remaining thickness of the friction material. If there isn't, it's time to change them. How much does it cost to replace brake pads
? That depends on the grade and material you choose, but Altima brake pads are often between $25 and $70.
Finding the Right Size Brake Pads
Looking for new brake pads for your Altima? With AutoZone's WOW! Customer Service, we'll help find them for you. Or, filter online results by year, make, model, and engine size to see brake pads from major brands like Duralast. With Free In-Store or Curbside Pickup and Free Next-Day Delivery, you'll be able to fix your brakes up sooner than later.