Brakes are important components on your vehicle as they directly impact performance and handling. Keeping them in good working condition will help ensure your safety on the road.
Your vehicle’s owner’s manual was created to serve as a guide for all your automotive care needs, including brake maintenance. If you are wondering how often you should have your brakes checked, that is the first place you want to look. However, most vehicles should have their brakes checked every 8,000 to 10,000 miles.
Your driving habits also play a role in how often you should have brakes checked or serviced. There are certain things you can do on the road to help make your brakes last longer, such as watching your speed. The slower the speed of the vehicle when it brakes, the less energy it has to dissipate and this means less brake material is used. Changing your braking fluid, periodically, will also help maintain your brakes.
Other methods for maintaining your brakes include watching your vehicle’s weight by not carrying around unnecessary items. The heavier your vehicle, the more your brakes have to work to stop it.
While there are some measures you can take to extend your brake life, you want to make sure to replace them when necessary.
When Do I Need to Replace My Brakes?
Signs your brakes may need to be replaced:
- If you hear squealing or grinding when you brake
- The pedal feels unusually soft or hard when you press it
- There are clicking noises when you press the brakes
- Your car pulls to the left or right when you are braking
Belle Tire is your full-service auto shop for complete brake service for most passenger and light truck vehicles. Our certified technicians will inspect your brake system and repair it accordingly. Services include everything from Akebono disc pads or shoes, machine and true brake rotors and drums, repacking wheel bearings, greasing seals, replacing drum hardware, and road testing your vehicle to make sure they are working properly.
Make an appointment at any of our locations in Michigan or northern Ohio to have your brakes checked today.