Notice squeaking or squealing when you come to a stop? It may be time for new brakes. While many drivers keep up on oil changes and regular service, some are hesitant to get new brakes because it can be more expensive than other basic maintenance. Nevertheless, it’s still key to replace your brake pads before they wear out. Not only do bad brake pads cause you lose stopping power, but they can also ruin the brake rotors, lines, and tires, among other things. If you are looking to save money in the long run, replace the brake pads when the time comes; don’t put it off.
How do you know you need new brake pads? According to Cars.com, the first indicator is squealing brakes. While brakes might make noises after it rains or after a car sits for a while, if you notice consistent noises, you should bring your car in for a checkup. Additionally, if you notice pulsing, grinding, or thumping, your brake pads are likely wearing thin.
There is no rule of thumb for mileage between brake pad replacements. In some urban places, brakes only last 5,000 to 8,000 miles; however, in rural areas, you may make it up to 30,000 miles before you need a replacement. If you’re lucky enough to have a brake warning light, that’s also an indicator that you need new brakes. Additionally, brake fluid tends to deplete if there is an issue with brakes, so be sure to check fluid levels regularly.
Think you might need new brakes? Stop by Pfeiffer Used today for service. Replacing brake pads will help prevent long-term damage and keep you safe behind the wheel.