The safety of passengers in an automobile largely depends on the braking system. That is why all owner manuals specify a brake service schedule.
As strong as our brake seem to be, manufacturers do not intend for the brakes to last for the entire life of the vehicle. All vehicles driven long enough will eventually need brake repair. Several factors contribute to the life of a vehicle’s braking system.
For instance, if you commute 30 miles each direction all on the freeway. You are doing little braking so your brakes will most likely last longer. However, if you are dropping kids off at school, picking them up, going to practices and lessons. You are doing a lot more stopping and going so you will have more wear on your brakes.
Another factor is the type of terrain owners drive the car on. Mountain driving is going to cause more wear than a flat road. The type of vehicle, the number of miles driven and the quality of the brake parts is also a factor.
Mechanics can detect many minor problems before they cause damage that is more extensive. There are a few warning signs that you can look out for to know if your vehicle’s brakes need to be serviced.
The most common warning signals are, squealing or grinding when braking. The next thing to check is if you feel pulsing or a soft brake pedal, this can also be an indicator. Lastly if your steering wheel pulls right or left when braking it can also mean you brakes need to be serviced.
A word of caution, if you feel or hear any of these things happening and bring your car in right way. Most likely we have caught it early enough we can replace your brake pads, we may need to resurface your rotors, but it would still be a inexpensive repair. However, if you wait and we have to replace the rotors, brake fluid and other components that can add up.
So whenever you do hear or feel these issues start, give us a call so we can keep your maintenance inexpensive and you safe on the road.