It's important to get routine maintenance on your vehicle to keep it running like new. Often, simple things like getting your brake pads replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles can help you prevent accidents and avoid costly repairs. Depending on the climate you live in and your driving habits, you may need to get your brakes serviced more often.
If you are rougher on your brakes, you may find yourself replacing your brake pads in less than 40,000 miles. However, if you're a very careful driver, you may find that your brake pads last even longer than 50,000 miles. Below, we'll discuss warning signs that your brake pads may be wearing thin and require replacement, and how weather can damage your brakes.
One way to tell that your brake pads may need to be replaced is a squeaking sound when you press the brakes. You may also notice that you have the press the brake much harder than before to stop, as well as a clicking sound. The squeaking sound and brake-time will become worse as your car's brake pads wear thinner, and will go on to damage the rotors and cause uneven tire-wear if you do not have them repaired in a timely manner.
Additionally, cold and wet weather can cause issues with your car's brakes. Water can come between the brake pads and rotors on your wheels, causing a crunching and squeaking sound when it's below freezing outside. It's important to drive carefully in cold weather, and be sure to give yourself plenty of room to brake behind other cars in traffic.
For the reasons above, it's absolutely necessary to get your brake pads replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. You may need to have them replaced more often depending on how hard you tend to brake, and your local climate. Thankfully, getting your car's brake pads replaced is a very easy process, and can be done relatively quickly, so you won't be without your vehicle for too long.
If you need brake repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!