When Should You Consider Replacing the Brakes on Your Car?
Brake Repair Warning Signs to Watch For While Driving in Kansas
Brakes are an important safety and functional feature of your vehicle, for obvious reasons. A key component of car maintenance includes looking after your brakes and ensuring they’re in good condition. As you drive your vehicle, watch for these warning signs that it’s time to consider replacing your brakes.
You Notice Your Brake Pads are Thin
Keep an eye on your brake pads. They’re the best indicator of the lifespan of your existing brakes. Look between the spokes on your wheels, and you can see the brake pad on the rotor of the tire. If it’s less than ¼-inch thick, you will need them replaced soon.
Your Indicator Light Turns On, On Your Dashboard
Depending on the make and model of your car, you may see an indicator light turn on on your dashboard when it’s time to replace your brake pads. The indicator is triggered when brake pads are worn down.
When the indicator light turns on, you may not have a lot of time to have a professional mechanic check over your braking system and replace parts as needed, so make an appointment for service right away. The Zeck Ford service department accepts online appointments, or you can call directly at 844-645-5448 to get into the schedule.
You Feel a Sense of Vibration from Your Brake Pedal
When you press down on your brake pedal to slow down and feel a vibration in your foot, your brake pads may be worn out. You might also feel as though it’s a challenge to stop your vehicle.
A vibrating brake pedal is not normal, so it’s vital that you make an appointment to have your brake pads and potentially rotors and calipers replaced posthaste to prevent damage to your vehicle or a potential accident.
You Hear Squeaking or Squealing Noises
One of the earliest signs it’s approaching time to replace your brakes is if you hear squeaking or squealing when you apply your brakes. These sounds can be faint at first, so you may not be able to hear them if you have your radio turned up.
In wet weather, brake squeaks are common and perfectly normal. But squeaking brakes when it’s dry are not. If you’re hearing squeaking and squealing noises from your brakes, make an appointment to get them checked out at the Zeck Ford service department.
There are Metallic Grinding Sounds
Some brake pads have metal ridges near the bottom to make noise and alert the driver. So, if you hear a grinding sound, it’s likely that it’s time for new brake pads. If metal is grinding on other areas, or unevenly, you risk greater damage that would require additional repairs and cost than just new brake pads do.
Procrastinating to make a brake repair appointment when you’re hearing grinding noises is not advised. Make a repair appointment at Zeck Ford, where we work on any make or model of vehicle, when it’s time for new brakes.
How to Extend the Life of Your Brakes
The easiest way to prolong the life of your brakes is to have your tires rotated every six months as part of your comprehensive car maintenance plan. Rotation helps your tires to wear evenly and gives your mechanic an opportunity to take a more thorough look at your brake pads and prevent extensive brake damage.
Driving responsibly and never slamming on your brakes or “riding your brakes” can also extend the lifespan of your brake pads. In general, you can expect to replace your brake pads every 50,000 miles, but there are exceptions.
Zeck Ford Does More Than Sell Used Vehicles and New Vehicles
Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas has an award-winning service center staffed with expert and certified mechanics. In addition to in-depth mechanical repairs, the service center also includes a Quick Lane, where you can take care of all your vehicle maintenance, including oil changes and tire rotations.
To make an appointment to take care of your car, schedule it online, or call one of our service advisers at 844-645-5448. Or, if you feel your vehicle is beyond repair, or you’re tired of your old, used car being in the shop so frequently, browse our online inventory to find a new vehicle you’ll love, including the latest 2021 models from Ford.