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Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut timeline that tells you when it’s time to replace your brakes. Consistent stop-and-go driving in big cities will cause your brakes to wear faster than if you only drive through the flatlands of South Dakota. If you’re wondering how to know when you need new brakes, the answer will depend on several factors, such as:

  • Your style of driving,
  • The weight of your vehicle,
  • The quality of your brake materials, and
  • How you use your vehicle.

The best advice from brake repair specialists is to rely on how your brakes are performing, plus what you hear, see and feel!

Do you hear a screeching sound when you step on the brake pedal? This could be the built-in wear sensors scraping against the brake disc when it’s time to replace the pads. If your car does not have a built-in sensor, listen for squeaking, squealing, metal-on-metal grinding. Some minor noises can be eliminated by cleaning the brakes, but persistent, prominent noises usually mean parts are worn out.

You have probably noticed the little brake warning light that comes on for a few seconds every time you start your car. If you see it come on while driving, that probably means your brake system is low on fluid because of a leak or a problem with the master cylinder. Some vehicles incorporate electronic wear indicators that alert the driver with a dashboard warning light if the brake pads reach the minimum thickness.

Tip to Remember: Most mechanics recommend a tire rotation at least every six months. Have your mechanic inspect your brakes at the same time, checking the thickness of the pads and the condition of the calipers or drum. A visual inspection is the best way to determine the amount of life left in your brakes!

Wondering how to know when you need new brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Expert Car Care today for more information about a needed brake repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of West Allis, WI, and the surrounding area.

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Wondering how to know when you need new brakes? Call the brake repair specialists at Expert Car Care to schedule an inspection of your brakes.
06
Jan
2020

Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut timeline that tells you when it’s time to replace your brakes. Consistent stop-and-go driving in big cities will cause your brakes to wear faster than if you only drive through the flatlands of South Dakota. If you’re wondering how to know when you need new brakes, the answer will depend on several factors, such as:

  • Your style of driving,
  • The weight of your vehicle,
  • The quality of your brake materials, and
  • How you use your vehicle.

The best advice from brake repair specialists is to rely on how your brakes are performing, plus what you hear, see and feel!

Do you hear a screeching sound when you step on the brake pedal? This could be the built-in wear sensors scraping against the brake disc when it’s time to replace the pads. If your car does not have a built-in sensor, listen for squeaking, squealing, metal-on-metal grinding. Some minor noises can be eliminated by cleaning the brakes, but persistent, prominent noises usually mean parts are worn out.

You have probably noticed the little brake warning light that comes on for a few seconds every time you start your car. If you see it come on while driving, that probably means your brake system is low on fluid because of a leak or a problem with the master cylinder. Some vehicles incorporate electronic wear indicators that alert the driver with a dashboard warning light if the brake pads reach the minimum thickness.

Tip to Remember: Most mechanics recommend a tire rotation at least every six months. Have your mechanic inspect your brakes at the same time, checking the thickness of the pads and the condition of the calipers or drum. A visual inspection is the best way to determine the amount of life left in your brakes!

Wondering how to know when you need new brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Expert Car Care today for more information about a needed brake repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of West Allis, WI, and the surrounding area.

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