When And How Often Should Your Brakes Be Replaced

Brake pads and rotors wear out over time. Their lifespan depends on the quality of your brake pads and of course the way you drive .

When you stop your vehicle, the brake pad gets pressed against a metal brake rotor (drum) . Usually, brake pads need to be replaced every 50,000 miles driven. Anyway, some brake pads need to be replaced even after 25,000 miles, some of them can last for 70,000 miles. If you need more info about an accurate number for your car’s specific needs, check your car’s manual. Let’s look at some most common symptoms of the brake pad failure:

  • Clicking, grinding, squeaking, or screeching noise when you apply the brakes.

  • Vibration in the steering wheel.

  • Brake or low brake pad warning light is on.

  • The brake pedal is lower than normal.

  • Brake pads appear too thin.

  • The car is pulling to one side when applying the brakes.

Here are some recommendations for you on how to maintain your brakes:

  • During every regular maintenance, ask your mechanic to check the level of thickness of your brake pads.

  • Brake pads have small metal hairs at the very bottom which inform the driver that they are about to run out of grippy material. Replace any brake pad making a metallic scraping noise immediately.

  • If it becomes hard to brake, then the rotors may be warped. You can clean or resurface your rotors. Anyway, it is safer if you replace the brake rotor completely.

  • If you notice that the brakes are worn out and providing you a bad performance, then the only way is to replace them. If you hear some unusual noise or spark coming from brakes, consult your mechanic for further help..

Safety is very important, that’s why always have good functional brakes for safe driving.

Also check out our helpful article “Is It Time For New Brakes?” for more info.


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