The brake life of your vehicle is based entirely on usage. The more you use the brakes and the harder you are on them, the shorter their life will be. On average, your brake pads should be changed out every 25,000 to 65,000 miles.
However, your rotors can last anywhere from 30,000 to 70,000 miles. Keep in mind that this number is only an estimate because it really depends on driving styles and conditions. However, you can spot signs that tell you if it’s time to replace your brakes sooner before the mileage is up.
YOUR BRAKES ARE SQUEAKING AND SQUEALING.
When your brakes are going bad, the first sign will always be the squeaking noise the brakes make, which is caused by worn down brake pads. Once you ride through the squeaking, the squealing will transform into a grinding noise. This is not good. That noise is the sound of your rotors being damaged. Once this happens, the repair cost skyrockets.
YOU FEEL A VIBRATIONWHEN APPLYING THE BRAKES.
If you feel your car vibrating when you’re coming to a stop, this is cause for concern, and it’s likely that your rotors are warped and the brake pads are worn down, possibly unevenly.
IT TAKES YOUR VEHICLE LONGER THAN NORMAL TO STOP.
If you experience poor stoppage time when you apply the brakes, this is a sign that your pads are very worn or your brake fluid is low and you may have a leak. Either way, it’s time to get your brakes checked out ASAP!
If you feel that you may be in need of new brakes, give us a call today.