When to Change your Brakes and Brake Pads

How Often Should I Change my Brakes and Brake Pads?

When to Change your Brakes and Brake Pads

Brake upkeep and maintenance and essential components to keeping your car in tip-top shape. Brakes, and their associated components, need to be looked after in order for them to perform like they should. But sometimes, it can be difficult to know exactly when you need to change your car’s brake pads and brakes. Take a look at our tricks for keeping your brakes in good condition.

Factors that can Determine when you Need to get your Brake Pads and Brakes Replaced

Environmental Factors

Things like stop-and-go traffic, traffic lights, and driving in the city can be hard on your brakes. Also, driving in mountainous areas can significantly wear on the brakes of a vehicle.

Brake Pad Hardness

Harder brake pads usually last longer but need to be warm before they perform nicely. Soft brake pads perform better at low speeds, like in cities, but too much heat can cause damage.

Driving Habits

Your own driving habits can affect the frequency with which you should replace your brakes. Drivers that ride the brakes and stop suddenly will usually need to replace their brakes more often than drivers who coast to a stop.

Brake Pad Material

The materials that make up the brake rotor and brake pad factor into the brakes’ longevity. Depending on the materials that your brakes are made of, they could last longer than other drivers’ brakes or could wear out faster.

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Rules to tell if your Brakes and Brake Pads need to be Replaced

Some brake pads need to be replaced after about 50,000 miles. This is relatively average. Like we said before, a number of factors can influence the rate at which your brakes and brake pads wear down. Some need to be replaced at 25,000 miles, while others can last for up to 70,000 miles. To get a more accurate number, check your car’s manual. There are also some indicators besides miles that can tell you if your brake pads are coming due for a checkup or replacement.

  • When you’re having your oil changed or tires rotated, ask your service technician to check your brake pads and brakes to see if the thickness is at a good level.
  • Brake pads have small metal hairs at the very bottom. Replace any brake pad making a metallic scraping noise immediately.
  • If braking becomes jittery then the rotors may be warped. Make sure to have any unusual braking responses checked by a professional service technician.

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Even with all of these tips and tricks, it is a good idea to get your vehicle checked periodically. This will notify you of services that your vehicle requires and keep your vehicle more healthy in general. You can get your car tuned up and check out in our service department. Check out the Hesser Toyota Service Center and make an appointment today! In the market for a new vehicle? Check out our online inventory and schedule a time to take a test drive!