We have all probably experienced this a time or two. You’re driving along and then one day you hear
the squeaking noise that occurs when you apply the brakes. It is a sign that the brake pads are getting worn or are already worn. An even worse experience, particularly in snowy, icy or rainy weather conditions, is when you hit a patch of ice and you lock up when you push on the pedal. These problems are preventable.
Preventable measures include having your tires rotated every six months and having the pads checked. There is no getting away from having brake pads replaced. They get worn between 25,000 to 70,000 miles depending upon your make of car, your daily driving conditions, how often and far you drive daily and the pad manufacturer.
Taking your car into the shop to have the tires rotated and balanced every six months has two great bonuses:
The rotating and balancing of the tires ensures that wear on the tires is even. At the same time, have the pads and rotors checked for wear. This rotation also keeps the wear on the pads even because the car won’t be pulling to one side or the other.
By having your brakes checked you won’t run the risk of the pads being so worn that the brakes begin to wear or cut into the rotor. When brake pads get worn down so far the shoes will begin to cut into the rotor and the sound is hideous. Not only is it annoying it is dangerous. Beyond that, having your rotor turned or lathed is a very expensive brake repair.
Beyond squeaking and other loud noises, there are other things that are indicative of a problem; if your brake pedal feels spongy or the pedal goes too far to the floor, your car pulls one direction or the other when you brake, or unusual vibrations when you brake. These are all signs that it’s time to get into a shop soon for a brake repair!
Be ahead of the game and save yourself money by having your brakes checked regularly, after all, better safe than sorry.
Do you need to take care of your brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at theWrench, Ltd. Car Care Center today for more information about brake repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Silverdale, WA, and the surrounding area.