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When Should I Replace My Car Brakes?

Signs That Your Brakes are Going Bad

Wondering when you should replace your car brakes? On average, drivers need to replace their brakes around 50,000 miles. However, this can vary depending on your driving habits. If you tend to ride the brakes or drive frequently in stop-and-go traffic or on hills, you may need to replace your brakes after only 25,000 miles. Drivers that do mostly highway driving and don’t brake hard may find themselves replacing their brakes after 70,000 miles. Of course, this is a big range. Here are some signs that indicate that your brakes are going bad.

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Warning Signs That Your Brakes are Out

What if you don’t recall when you got your brakes replaced? How do you know if your brakes are out? Here are the most common warning signs you need to watch for.

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Brake Pad Thickness

The thickness of your brake pads will indicate roughly how much time your brakes have left. The thicker the pad, the longer it will last. Next time you get your oil changed or tires replaced, have your mechanic inspect your brake pads to see if you will need to replace them soon.

Scraping or Squealing Noises When Braking

When the pads are worn out, you will likely hear scraping or squealing noises when braking. This is a serious sign as components are now starting to damage itself. This noise can be subtle, so turn down the radio and listen carefully.

Vibrations When Braking

As you brake, you may notice vibrations when the brakes are applied. This is a sign that your rotors are starting to warp or are already warped. Warped rotors lead to a dangerous situation as you won’t be able to brake as well as before. Be sure to take your car in to a mechanic to get these inspected and, if necessary, replaced.

Have you been noticing any of these common warning signs? Schedule service online here at Broadway Automotive! Our service departments are located at both our Ashland Ave. and Military Ave. locations in Green Bay, WI. Select the one that is most convenient for you below.

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