How many times have your brakes prevented a near calamity? Whether it was somebody changing lanes without looking or a careless pedestrian, your braking system has probably saved you (and others) from disaster countless times. This is why regular brake service is so vital, as this ensures that they are in good condition and doing what they need to do to keep you safe. Here are some important things to consider about your brakes.

Getting Your Brakes Inspected

Brake inspections should be part of the regular service you get for your vehicle. Ideally, the entire system should be examined every year so you can feel confident that everything is working properly.

Brake System Replacements

The good news with brakes is that they generally stay in fine shape for a while. Eventually, however, things will need to be replaced. The pads typically last until about 20,000 miles. The shoes can usually go to around 30,000 or so. Rotors have a lifespan of about 50,000 miles.

Signs of Brake Trouble

In between brake inspections, it’s important to pay attention to your system. If you notice any of these things, something is wrong:

  • Squeaking or Squealing: If you hear a high-pitched noise while applying the brakes, chances are good that this is the built-in warning telling you that a brake pad is getting thin.
  • Grinding: A grinding sound is a lot more troubling, as this could be an indication that the pad has completely worn through and that now the caliber and rotor are rubbing together.
  • Spongey Pedal: If the brake pedal is suddenly very soft and you have to press it hard to engage the brakes, this could be related to a leak in the brake line.

You never want to take a chance with your brakes. If you’ve noticed anything wrong with them, schedule an appointment with the service center at Lyon-Waugh Auto Group.

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