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If you’re an experienced driver, you know how your vehicle should operate. This also means that you know what to watch and listen for when it comes to the safety of your vehicle. Even with that, one big safety concern that is often overlooked is the condition of your brakes because they are “out of sign, out of mind.”

So you may be wanting to know when should you replace your brakes? Some service manuals may not state a time frame for replacing brakes. Rather, there are signs to watch and listen for that are indicators that a brake replacement is needed. Your mechanic can inspect your brakes and let you know just what should be included in the brake replacement—brakes, rotors, and/or calipers. Most mechanics agree that some form of brake replacement is typically needed about every 70,000 miles.

The problems listed below are strong indicators that it’s time for a brake replacement:

  • Screeching or squealing coming from the brake pads – This is typically caused by a small, metallic shim indicator that’s embedded in the brake pad. When the pad wears down too thin, it will start to make squealing sounds.
  • Brake Pads are worn too thin – Ask your mechanic to inspect the condition of the brakes pads frequently (possibly at every oil change. They shouldn’t be less than ¼ inch thick (about 3 millimeters) in depth.
  • Metallic Grinding and Growling – The brake pads have worn almost completely away, resulting in metal-on-metal contact between the rotors and calipers, resulting in extensive damage.
  • Warning Light – Newer vehicles have a sensor that illuminates a warning light on the instrument panel when the brake pads become too thin.

Tip to Remember About Brakes:  Keeping brakes in good condition is crucial for driving safety. Don’t be the cause of an accident due to failing brakes!

Want to know more about when should you replace your brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Auto & Fleet Mechanic for more information about brake replacement and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Modesto, CA, and the surrounding area.

Want to know when should you replace your brakes? Ask a brake specialist at Auto & Fleet Mechanic when your vehicle needs a brake replacement.

If you’re an experienced driver, you know how your vehicle should operate. This also means that you know what to watch and listen for when it comes to the safety of your vehicle. Even with that, one big safety concern that is often overlooked is the condition of your brakes because they are “out of sign, out of mind.”

So you may be wanting to know when should you replace your brakes? Some service manuals may not state a time frame for replacing brakes. Rather, there are signs to watch and listen for that are indicators that a brake replacement is needed. Your mechanic can inspect your brakes and let you know just what should be included in the brake replacement—brakes, rotors, and/or calipers. Most mechanics agree that some form of brake replacement is typically needed about every 70,000 miles.

The problems listed below are strong indicators that it’s time for a brake replacement:

  • Screeching or squealing coming from the brake pads – This is typically caused by a small, metallic shim indicator that’s embedded in the brake pad. When the pad wears down too thin, it will start to make squealing sounds.
  • Brake Pads are worn too thin – Ask your mechanic to inspect the condition of the brakes pads frequently (possibly at every oil change. They shouldn’t be less than ¼ inch thick (about 3 millimeters) in depth.
  • Metallic Grinding and Growling – The brake pads have worn almost completely away, resulting in metal-on-metal contact between the rotors and calipers, resulting in extensive damage.
  • Warning Light – Newer vehicles have a sensor that illuminates a warning light on the instrument panel when the brake pads become too thin.

Tip to Remember About Brakes:  Keeping brakes in good condition is crucial for driving safety. Don’t be the cause of an accident due to failing brakes!

Want to know more about when should you replace your brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Auto & Fleet Mechanic for more information about brake replacement and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Modesto, CA, and the surrounding area.

Judi Harvey
Auto & Fleet MechanicModesto Auto Repair

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