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Are you wondering how often should you replace your brakes? There is no clear-cut maintenance schedule that tells you when it’s time to replace your brakes. How long your brakes last depends on several factors; your style of driving, the weight of your vehicle, the quality of the brake materials, and how you use your vehicle. For example, if you drive only 8,000 miles a year but it's mainly stop-and-go driving, you will need brake repair more often than someone who drives 28,000 miles a year across desert flatlands.

A brake repair specialist will tell you the best way to determine what is happening with your brakes is to rely on your ears and how your car feels when you step on the brake pedal. Are you starting to hear a screeching sound when you apply the brake pedal? A built-in wear sensor scrapes against a brake disc when the pads needed replacing. More of the luxury cars incorporate electronic wear indicators with a dashboard warning light if the brake pads reach the minimum thickness. If your car does not have a built-in sensor, listen for squeaking, squealing, metal-on-metal grinding. Some minor noises can be eliminated by cleaning the brakes, but persistent, prominent noises usually mean parts are worn out and it’s time for brake repair.

Have you noticed the brake warning light that flashes on for a few seconds every time you start your car? If it illuminates while you are driving, check the brake fluid level. It could be too low caused by a leak or other type of problem with the master cylinder.

How often should you replace your brakes? A good rule of thumb is having your brakes inspected at the same time as a tire rotation service or about every six months. Ask your mechanic to check the thickness of the pads and the condition of the calipers or drum hardware. In addition to what you see and feel, a visual inspection is also a good way to determine the amount of life left in your brakes!

If you’re wondering how often should you replace your brakes, contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about brake repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

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Wondering how often should you replace your brakes? Call the brake repair specialists at Big Lake Automotive and schedule a brake inspection.
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2020

Are you wondering how often should you replace your brakes? There is no clear-cut maintenance schedule that tells you when it’s time to replace your brakes. How long your brakes last depends on several factors; your style of driving, the weight of your vehicle, the quality of the brake materials, and how you use your vehicle. For example, if you drive only 8,000 miles a year but it's mainly stop-and-go driving, you will need brake repair more often than someone who drives 28,000 miles a year across desert flatlands.

A brake repair specialist will tell you the best way to determine what is happening with your brakes is to rely on your ears and how your car feels when you step on the brake pedal. Are you starting to hear a screeching sound when you apply the brake pedal? A built-in wear sensor scrapes against a brake disc when the pads needed replacing. More of the luxury cars incorporate electronic wear indicators with a dashboard warning light if the brake pads reach the minimum thickness. If your car does not have a built-in sensor, listen for squeaking, squealing, metal-on-metal grinding. Some minor noises can be eliminated by cleaning the brakes, but persistent, prominent noises usually mean parts are worn out and it’s time for brake repair.

Have you noticed the brake warning light that flashes on for a few seconds every time you start your car? If it illuminates while you are driving, check the brake fluid level. It could be too low caused by a leak or other type of problem with the master cylinder.

How often should you replace your brakes? A good rule of thumb is having your brakes inspected at the same time as a tire rotation service or about every six months. Ask your mechanic to check the thickness of the pads and the condition of the calipers or drum hardware. In addition to what you see and feel, a visual inspection is also a good way to determine the amount of life left in your brakes!

If you’re wondering how often should you replace your brakes, contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about brake repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

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