How Often Should You Replace Your Brakes

Another motorist pulls out in front of you, and you end up slamming on your brake pedals. Suddenly, you have a newfound appreciation for your car’s braking system. But you also wonder when last your brakes were replaced.

Research shows that accidents resulting from brake failure make up 5% of the car accidents that occur in America each year. Fortunately, replacing your brakes can help you to keep your car running safely on the road.

The question is, how often should you replace your brakes? Here’s a rundown on how frequently you should replace your brakes.

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How Often to Replace Your Brakes

How often you should replace your brakes will depend on your vehicle’s model and make. It also depends on how frequently you drive your car.

You should check your car manufacturer’s guide for an accurate brake replacement timeline for your particular vehicle. Then, you can create a maintenance schedule based on this guidance.

However, in general, you should have a professional inspect your brakes at least every 30,000 miles or once per year. Then, prepare to get your brake pads replaced every 20,000 or so miles.

In addition, you will likely need to replace your rotors at least every 70,000 miles.

Note, though, that if you tow heavy objects, your car’s brakes will likely need to be replaced more frequently. That’s because they’ll wear out more quickly.

Likewise, if you spend a significant amount of time driving around town or in heavy traffic compared with doing highway driving, you’ll likely need to replace your brakes more often.

Indicators That You Need Brake Replacement

Indicators that you need to replace your brakes include the following:

  • Fading
  • Squealing
  • Pulling
  • Grinding
  • Vibration

It might also be time for you to replace your brakes if they feel soft when you press them.

If you notice any of these signs and continue to drive your car, you may end up damaging your rotors. That’s because your brake pads’ metal will grind against them.

If the damage is bad enough for the rotors to be irreparable, you will have to replace the rotors. It’s much more cost-effective to replace your brakes.

In addition, if you don’t replace your brakes often enough, you might have a hard time stopping safely during an emergency. This can cause a major wreck.

You can avoid these issues by scheduling regular brake inspections and replacing your brakes as recommended.

How We Can Help With Replacing Your Brakes

You should generally replace your brake pads and rotors at least every 20,000 miles and 70,000 miles, respectively. However, you may need to replace your brakes sooner if you notice that your brakes are squealing or grinding.

At The Repair Shop, we offer top-of-the-line brake replacement services. We are excited to meet your needs with our experienced mechanics, commitment to quality, and competitive pricing.

Get in touch with us to learn more about our services, and schedule an appointment today!