Wondering When Should You Replace Your Brakes?

Are you wondering when should you replace your brakes? If your brakes are starting to go bad, you can rely on what you hear from them. When you apply the brake pedal, do you hear a screeching sound? Many cars have built-in wear sensors that scrape against a brake disc when the pads needed replacing. Listen for squeaking, squealing, or metal-on-metal grinding. A simple brake service to clean the brakes can eliminate some minor noises, but persistent, prominent noises usually mean parts are worn out and it’s time for a brake replacement.

So when should you replace your brakes? This answer will vary according to several factors:

  • Your style of driving – stop-and-go miles, mountainous, or flat stretches of highway.
  • The weight of your vehicle – how many passengers, if any, and whether there is extra cargo in the trunk.
  • The quality of the brake materials – the cheapest you could find, or high-quality pads and rotors.
  • How you use your vehicle – towing, carrying heavy loads, or light recreational.

Some vehicles incorporate electronic wear indicators that alert the driver with a dashboard warning light if the pads reach the minimum thickness. Do you see the brake warning light flash when you start your car? If it comes on while driving, that probably means your brake system is low on fluid, possibly because of a leak or a problem with the brake master cylinder.

Make it a practice to have your brakes inspected about every six months (at every tire rotation service). Your mechanic will check the thickness of the pads and the condition of the rotors and calipers for wear. A visual inspection is the best way to determine the amount of life left in your brakes!

Want to know when should you replace your brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Dependable Car Care for more information about brake replacement and service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Ventura, CA, and the surrounding area.