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Brake Important Facts

BRAKES ARE THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT SAFETY FEATURE OF YOUR CAR.

Although we all know this, sometimes we can let things slip. To help protect the safety of you and your loved ones, follow this Seven Point Brake Checklist. If you notice any or all of them, it is time to get your brakes professionally checked.

  • Loss of grip when braking
  • The feeling of your car pulling left or right when braking
  • A sloppy, soft or low brake pedal
  • Shuddering through your steering wheel when braking
  • Squeals, screeches and high pitched noises when breaking
  • Your brake system warning light flashes
  • Your car takes longer to stop than normal
  • Maintenance Intervals

Keeping to the suggested schedule in your owner’s manual and utilizing a vehicle maintenance app should keep you from missing important brake service. Not sure when to replace your parts? A good rule of thumb is to visually inspect your brake pads for wear every 12,000 miles or so. Most manufacturers will recommend replacement if there is 1/8 inch or less of the pad lining remaining or at 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Ask the service tech to check your fluid regularly or do it yourself at the time of oil changes. You should replace the fluid if it appears to be dirty or contaminated. Most manufacturers suggest that you replace brake fluid every 20,000-25,000 miles. Rotors should last much longer, but hard braking over the life of the vehicle might lead to a different story. If you do have warped rotors, you may be able to have them trued instead of a full replacement.

  • Just follow these steps, and you’ll have stress free stopping from now on.