Brake Pads 101 

Brake Pads are a vital safety component because they generate friction against the brake rotor to stop your vehicle. Brake Pads are engineered using a metallic composite that is durable but will also give with each stop. Left unattended, brake pads will wear down completely and won't be able to distribute stopping power necessary for maximum safety.  If the brake system isn't able to do its job, it is a significant safety concern for us at VW of Olympia.

The Brake System and Brake Pads are so crucial that we refuse to cut any corners on Brake Pad Replacement or Brake Fluid Flush Services. For the service to be complete, a VW-Certified Technician will replace brake pads and inspect the entire brake system for any components with significant wear and tear. If any concerning parts are found, you'll be given an opportunity to repair the part immediately to restore factory specifications and peak brake system performance. 


Volkswagen of Olympia

2107 Cooper Point Road SW
Directions Olympia, WA 98502

  • Sales: 360-350-6262
  • Service: 360-350-6262
  • Parts: 360-350-6262

What are the Symptoms of Faulty Brake Pads?

Worn out brake pads are a major performance concern for the brake system. When brake pads are worn out all the way, the brake rotor will be exposed to metal-on-metal contact with impending brake rotor damage requiring resurfacing service. If you have any of these signs of faulty brake pads, we invite you to restore maximum stopping power and vehicle safety with a Brake Pad Replacement Service:

  • Brake system warning light is on
  • Squealing, grinding, or squeaking sound when braking 
  • Wobble, vibration, or scraping during braking
  • Leaking brake fluid
  • Car pulls to one side while braking 
  • Burning smell while driving
  • Front end bounces when making a shortstop

What Happens During a VW-Certified Brake Pad Replacement Service?

Every Brake Pad Replacement Service begins with an assignment to one of our many VW-Certified Service Center Technicians. They will rely on a certified service protocol to replace brake pads but also inspect the entire brake system for faulty parts. The Brake System is checked using an inspection checklist to ensure that the service is thorough and comprehensive. Here is an example of the action items on the brake system inspection checklist: 

  • Master cylinder
  • Brake lines
  • Calipers
  • Brake pads or shoes 
  • Drums or rotors
  • Brake system warning light 

Service Hours

  • Monday 7:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Tuesday 7:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Wednesday 7:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Thursday 7:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Friday 7:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Saturday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Sunday 8:00AM - 5:00PM