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How Often Should I Replace My Brakes?

How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Wondering how often you should replace your brakes in your vehicle? Drivers should expect to replace their brakes on average every 50,000 miles. While this numbers varies depending on various conditions such as how often you drive in stop-and-go traffic or down hills, it’s important to note when you get your brakes replaced last. Of course, you may not remember when you got this service completed. Here, we will take a look at a few common signs of failing brakes, so you know what to watch and listen for.

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Signs of Failing Brakes

Brake Pads Are No Longer Thick

One of the main causes of brake issues lies with the brake pads. New brake pads are thick and provide the cushion needed for your braking system to function properly and not damage itself. As the brakes get used, this thickness will slowly go down until, eventually, the brake pads will need to be replaced. It’s a good idea to have your mechanic check this thickness the next time you get routine maintenance.

Vibrations When Braking

Have you noticed strange vibrations when braking? Not only should you keep an eye on your brake pads, but you will need to keep tabs on your rotors as well. Vibrations in the brake pedal or steering wheel when applying the brakes could indicate warped rotors.

Squealing or Scraping Sounds When Braking

If you haven’t done so recently, it’s recommended to turn off the radio and music to listen for any unusual sounds. Squealing sounds when braking is a common sign that your brake pads will soon need to be replaced. If you hear scraping noises, you are hearing metal rubbing against metal. In this case, you should make a trip to the mechanic as soon as possible.

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