When Should I Get New Brakes?

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When is it Time to Change Your Brakes?

On average, the lifespan of a vehicle brake is 45,000 miles, give or take 20,000 miles depending on how the vehicle has been used and perhaps vehicle type.

Other than this generic mileage-based rule, there are a couple of things that can signal a change of brake pads.

• Squeaking / squealing / grinding sound

Brake pads are in constant friction with the brake rotor and this wears out the pads over time. As they function together, there is also a lot of dust that gathers on the brake pad. Both these factors can be the cause of unusual noise while driving and braking. Sometimes you may even hear a metallic noise.

• Vibration of brake pedals

Both the brake rotor and the brake pad can be a cause for vibration if they are in a bad condition. In either case, the brakes must be tested for damage.

• Brakes come on slowly

If the brake of the vehicle comes into effect much later than it should, there is an issue with the brake system that needs immediate attention. This usually happens when the brake pads are so worn out that they are unable to create enough friction with the brake rotor.

• Indicator lights

A lot of vehicles nowadays have a sensor that warns you regarding the brakes. If your brake light is on even though your parking brake is not engaged, it needs technical assistance and can be a signal for a brake change.

• Brake pad that is less than a quarter-inch thick

Once in a while, it may be a good idea to check the condition of the brakes physically. You can see the brake pad between the spoke of your wheel. If it appears as thin as a quarter inch, it surely is time for a replacement.

You are in luck, Ed Morse Toyota located in beautiful Delray Beach Florida has ASE-certified technicians that will help fix your brakes. Do not hesitate on this as brakes can save you from a bad collision. We have great savings on brake pads, brake rotors, and other offers here. If you are unsure of the life span of the brakes on your vehicle, please come down a talk to one of our trained service advisors!