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Brakes are an essential safety feature in your vehicle. Being able to effectively and properly stop your car can prevent an accident and save your life. Every time you brake, a small amount of your brake pad is worn away. It can be hard to tell your brake’s life when you are not an expert. Luckily some telltale signs can help identify when a brake change is needed. At Avid Autowerx, your safety is our #1 priority which is why this month’s blog will cover when you should replace your brakes.
It varies from vehicle to vehicle, based on how much you drive your car when it comes to needing new brakes. While the average time you should change your brakes is 30,000 - 35,000 miles, you can expect up to 80,000 miles if you drive in less demanding situations such as the highway or light traffic. However, some signs can help you identify when a brake change is needed.
Noises When You Brake: One of the most apparent indicators that you need a brake change is noises coming from your vehicle when you brake. Noises such as screeching or squealing noises are the most common. Next time you are on the road and need to stop, try to pay attention to whether or not noises are coming from your vehicle. If so, you may need a brake change.
Indicator Lights: There is an indicator on your dashboard in some modern cars that indicates a low-pad warning. This is a convenient way to know when you need a brake pad change. Check your owner’s manual to see if your car is equipped with this feature. Also, when you have your brake pads changed, make sure to have your warning light adjusted so it can continue to work correctly.
The Thickness of Your Brake Pad: While it is normal to expect wear on your brake pad, a certain amount of remaining thickness is safe. The safety thickness is no less than a quarter-inch in thickness. If less than this, you should highly consider changing your brake pads. If you are unsure how to check this, take your vehicle into an auto shop to inspect your brake pads.
Knowing the signs that you need to change your brakes is important to continue to depend on your brakes to bring your vehicle to a safe stop when required. If you notice any of these signs or want a professional technician to inspect your brakes, don’t hesitate to visit Avid Autowerx at 5591 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227, or click here to schedule an appointment today!