GIVE YOUR BRAKES A BREAK
Posted on: Feb. 08, 2017 in Auto Maintenance, Cars

What’s the most important part of your car? It’s hard to pick just one since they all play such important roles. Even the best car out there – high performing, fuel efficient, quiet and smooth – none of it matters if one critical thing isn’t functioning. Your brakes! What good is a car if you can’t get it to stop when you need to?

On average, you’ll need to replace your brake pads after about 50,000 miles. However, some need to be replaced as early as 25,000 miles and some can hold out to closer to 70,000. It’s important to have the brakes pads inspected regularly to check their thickness. Metallica scraping and squeaking noises can indicate that the pads are worn and need to be changed.

In addition to brake pads, you may have to replace the rotors. You’ll need new rotors anytime between 15,000 and 70,000 miles. If that sounds like a huge difference, that’s because it is. Many factors go into how quickly your rotors will wear out, including your brake pads. Therefore, if you keep up on your pads, you can potentially save yourself from replacing rotors as often. Like with brake pads, noises like squeaking, squealing, or scraping, as well as the car feeling off while braking, can indicate a problem. A mechanic can tell you exactly what you need to do to keep your car safe.

Time and general use are enough to wear your brakes down, but how you drive can also impact how long your brakes will last. Here are some tips:

  • Find a mechanic you can trust to advise you as to the best parts for your car. Get what works for your car and your situation. Otherwise you could be throwing away good money on unnecessarily expensive brake parts.
  • The faster you’re going when you apply the brakes, the harder your brakes need to work. Reducing your speed overall can help, but you can also take your foot off the gas earlier to begin to decelerate as you approach stop signs, traffic lights, exit ramps and other traffic.
  • Don’t drive with both feet. If you use your left foot to brake, you may inadvertently apply pressure to the brake when you don’t mean to causing stress to the brakes. Also, the time it will take you to move your foot from the gas to the brake will force you to slow down a bit before you brake.
  • Keep the weight down in your car. Just as speed impacts the wear on your brakes, so does the weight of the vehicle. The heavier your car is, the harder it will be to stop. Travel light to go easier on the brakes.

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