Close up of a brake rotor on a car

How to Tell If You Need New Brakes for Your Vehicle

Signs that Brakes are Going Bad in a Car

When was the last time you had your brakes replaced? On average, drivers can expect to get their brakes replaced every 50,000 miles. Of course, this varies depending on how much you use your brakes with some replacing them as early as 25,000 miles and others lasting 75,000 miles. Over time, the brake pads in your car will wear down and your rotors may warp. Since these parts play a big role in making sure your vehicle stops when you want it to, it’s very important to make sure that your brakes are always functioning properly. Here’s how you can tell if you need new brakes for your vehicle.

Mechanic replacing the brakes on a car

Noises When Braking

If you hear noises when you brake, chances are, your brake pads are the culprits. As brake pads wear, they will begin to thin. Without brake pads, metal will begin rubbing on metal as you apply the brakes. In which case, drivers will often hear squealing, screeching, or even scraping.

Steering Wheel or Brake Pedal Vibrate When Braking

Another symptom to watch for is vibration. When you brake, does your steering wheel or brake pedal vibrate? If so, you may have worn brake pads or a warped rotor on your hands.

It Takes a Long Time to Stop

As your brakes wear down, you may notice that your vehicle doesn’t stop as quickly as it used to. If it feels like it takes a long time to stop, you may find yourself in a dangerous situation later on if you don’t get your brakes replaced. Like with each of the other common symptoms, you should definitely get your brakes checked out right away.

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