At Route 44 Toyota we get that taking your vehicle to get your brakes changed can be at the top of your avoidance list. Or you might think you need your brakes or brake pads changed but in reality, they’re doing just fine. So how do you know when to bring in your car for new brakes? We answer some of the most common brake FAQs that people ask.
My brakes are squealing – do I need new brakes?
If your brake light is on and your brakes squeak/grind, it’s time to bring in your car. If your brakes feel like they are pulsing or grabbing or feel “soft” when you hit the brake pedal, these are warning signs that your brakes are going bad. It can be dangerous to ignore warning signs like this and turn small brake problems into more expensive damage if not properly handled.
My brakes squeak when I step on the pedal. Why?
A little bit of brake noise is unavoidable like those awkward junior high dances we’ve all tried to forget. Stop-and-go traffic, dusty conditions and humidity can all cause brake pads to harden or “glaze”. When this happens it makes the friction surfaces generate noise on contact. Brake noise can also indicate a weak link somewhere else in your brake system and the noise is just the first warning sign. If your brakes are consistently making a lot of noise, it’s time to bring in your vehicle and get it checked out and serviced if need be.
How long do brake pads and rotors last?
The lifespan of your brake pads and rotors depends on a variety of factors including the type of pads and rotors you have and how you drive. Most brake pad companies say that pads last anywhere from 30,000 to 70,000 miles. Your brake rotors can last almost three times as long as your brake pads but it really depends on your driving style and the driving conditions.
These are just some of the most common questions we get about brakes and when they should be changed. If you think your brakes need to be looked at, bring them in to our service department at Route 44 today! You can even schedule your service with us right on our website!