As a general rule, you should replace brakes every 20,000-60,000 miles. Being a conservative driver, and not needing to brake as hard will help increase the life of your brakes. However, you may need to replace your brakes sooner, if any of the following apply to your vehicle:
- You drive a heavy truck, as compared to a light, compact car.
- You drive in the city, where there is a lot of stop-and-go traffic.
- You drive on hills, rather than flat roads.
- High pitched squealing noises. This noise should be loud enough for you to hear with the windows rolled up.
- Pulsating vibrations when braking
- Grinding noises
- Vehicle pulls to one side when braking
- Brakes are not as responsive
At this point, bring your vehicle in to Jake's Auto & Truck Repair for a comprehensive brake inspection. Once you've had your brakes replaced, it's important to take it easy on them. Avoid strong and sudden braking for the first 500 miles. However, in case of emergency, be sure to stop as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions on the state of your brakes, be sure to give us a call. We'd be happy to look at your brakes and keep you safe on the road.