How Often Should You Have Your Brakes Checked?

Is It Time to Check Your Brakes?

Every driver knows that brakes play a crucial role in driving, but what every driver might not know is how often their brakes should be checked. Damaged brakes can cause major safety hazards for any driver on the road, so keep reading to learn more about when you should have a mechanic look at them.

A Primer on Brakes.

The most common brakes in vehicles today are called disc brakes. A set of calipers, equipped with pads, squeezes a rotor (the disc) when you the brake pedal is used. The pads create friction with the rotor which slows your vehicle down. This is a hydraulic system that depends on a steady flow of brake fluid.

If any of these components are damaged, the entire system may fail. Your brake pads are usually responsible for poor braking performance. Brake pads should ideally be at least a quarter of an inch thick. Because brake pads wear down over time, they can cause more expensive problems, such as a damaged rotor, if not replaced.

Location Matters.

Crowded areas are worse on your brakes than areas with less traffic. Busy roads require a lot of stopping, starting, slowing and veering, which can increase the stress on your brakes. This will probably lead to repairing your brakes sooner than a vehicle used mainly in less-populated areas.

Keeping this in mind, getting your brakes checked whenever you have your tires rotated (typically every six months) is always a smart idea. If you’re a more aggressive driver, it might be a good idea to have them checked even more often, like with every oil change. It’s also important to pay attention to your brakes between routine services.

Warning Signs.

Your brake light tells you that it’s time to have your brakes checked. If it begins to take longer for your car to come to a complete stop, you should have them looked at as soon as possible. You may also begin to notice a vibrating feeling when you press the brake pedal. This is probably a brake pad issue, but it could also indicate an alignment problem.

Brakes usually have a built-in indicator that’s designed to squeal or screech when the pads begin to wear down. This annoying sound can save you a lot of money in the future. If you change your pads when needed, you won’t have to listen to that metal-on-metal sound. When you do hear that sound, your calipers are now grinding against your rotors whenever you press your brake pedal which can quickly turn an inexpensive fix into an expensive issue.

Be Smart. Be Vigilant. Be Safe.

Hunter Volvo is committed to providing our customers with flawless service in addition to an excellent selection of vehicles. Our commitment reaches further than our showroom to include our service bays. We want to make sure that you and your loved ones arrive safely at their destinations. For this reason, we want your brakes to be in their best shape. You can rely on Hunter Hyundai to take care of that for you.

If your brakes need checked, don’t hesitate to contact Hunter Hyundai or stop to see us at 2520 Asheville Highway Hendersonville, NC 28791. We look forward to serving our customers from Asheville, Canton and Greenville.