Are Brake Pad Springs Necessary?

Brake pads are one of the most important safety features on a vehicle. Without them, your car would not be able to stop as quickly, and you could put yourself and others in danger. There are many different types of brake pads available on the market, but one question that is often asked is whether or not brake pad springs are necessary.

The answer to this question is not always clear cut, as there are pros and cons to both options.

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If you ask a mechanic if brake pad springs are necessary, they’ll probably say yes. And there’s a good reason for that – brake pad springs help keep your pads in place, which is critical for proper braking performance. But do you really need them?

If you’re not experiencing any problems with your brakes, then chances are you don’t need to replace your springs. However, if your pads are starting to slip or squeal, then it might be time to consider replacing them. Brake pad springs are relatively inexpensive, so if you’re unsure, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and get them replaced.

Better safe than sorry when it comes to your brakes!

Brake Pad Return Spring

When you depress the brake pedal in your car, the force is transferred to the brake pads which press against the rotor. The pressure from the pads on the rotor slows or stops the rotation of the wheel. Once you release the brake pedal, a return spring returns the pads to their original position so they’re ready for use again when you need them.

The return spring is an important part of your braking system and needs to be in good working condition for optimal performance. If your return springs are damaged or worn out, it can cause problems with your brakes including decreased stopping power and increased wear on your brake pads and rotors.

Why Do Brake Pads Have a Spring?

Brake pads have a spring for several reasons. The first reason is to keep the brake pad in contact with the rotor. If there was no spring, then the vibration from the brakes could cause the brake pad to move away from the rotor and not work as effectively.

The second reason is to help dampen any vibration that may occur while braking. The third reason is to help keep any debris that may be on the rotor from getting into the brake caliper and causing problems.

What Do Spring Clips Do on Brake Pads?

Spring clips are designed to hold the brake pad in place within the caliper. There are typically two spring clips per pad, and they act as a retainer to keep the pad from moving during operation. The springs are compressed between the back of the caliper piston and the face of the clip, which creates tension that helps to secure the pads in place.

How Do You Put Springs on a Brake Pad?

If your vehicle has disc brakes, there are calipers at each wheel that hold the brake pads. The caliper is mounted over top of the rotor. There is a piston in the caliper that when hydraulic pressure from the master cylinder is applied, pushes the pads into contact with the rotor surface creating friction and slowing/stopping the vehicle.

Springs are what keep the brake pad in place inside of the caliper. Without springs, when you apply your brakes, the vibration from stopping could cause your brake pads to rattle around or even fall out of place entirely! The springs also help to retract the pads away from the rotor surface when you release your foot off of the brake pedal so that they don’t stay in contact and wear down unnecessarily.

To install springs on a brake pad, first, make sure that you have all of the necessary tools and materials. You will need: new brake pads, either with or without attached springs; a C-clamp or similar device; gloves; and a clean work area. If your new pads do not come with springs attached, you will also need some spring clips.

Remove old pads: To remove old brake pads, start by loosening up the retaining hardware that holds them in place inside of the caliper housing unit. This may be one large bolt or screw, or it may be two smaller bolts/screws on either side. Once these are loosened, you should be able to pull out both old pads together (they will likely still be connected at this point).

If they are stuck or appear difficult to remove, you can use a small pry bar to help get them started but be careful not to damage anything else in the process! If needed reference your vehicle’s repair manual for specific instructions on removing old parts before proceeding further. Install new pads: Installing new brake pads is essentially just reversing this process – start by inserting one side of each new pad into its corresponding space within housing unit until it rests snugly against support tab(s), then re-tighten down retaining hardware (again being mindful not to overtighten as this can damage threads).

At this point if working with spring clips they can now be inserted onto backside of respective pad (there should already be a hole drilled out for this purpose) – simply line up holes and press clip into place until it snaps securely into position holding everything firmly in place.

Do Brake Shoes Come With New Springs?

There are a few different types of springs that are used in brakes, and it is possible that your brake shoes might come with new springs. The most common type of spring used in brakes is the coil spring, which is a spiral-shaped spring that helps to keep the shoes in contact with the drum. Another type of spring used in some brakes is the leaf spring, which is a flat strip of metal that helps to keep the shoes aligned with the drums.

If you are not sure what kind of springs your brake shoes come with, you should check with the manufacturer or dealer.


Brake pads typically have springs that help keep the pads in contact with the rotor. These springs can wear out over time and may need to be replaced. Brake pad springs are not absolutely necessary, but they can help improve braking performance.

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