Your Car And Its Brakes: When Should You Have Them Replaced?

May 1, 2022

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Quick reflexes are essential when you’re driving. Things pop up out of nowhere, people make their stops short, and sometimes our ability to think quickly is the only thing that will keep us safe. Unfortunately, quick reflexes won’t be as helpful if your brakes need a replacement.

We don’t need to tell you how important your brakes are. They keep you, your family, and your vehicle safe.

You should have your brake pads replaced every 10,000 to 20,000 miles or sooner if you notice any trouble. Additionally, you need your brake fluid exchanged every four years at a minimum, and your rotors should be looked at every 50,000 miles.

However, you should always go with your gut. If you’ve only had a few thousand miles added since your last brake check, but things are feeling slightly off, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Signs Your Brakes Are Ready for a Replacement

In addition to the mileage and length between check-ups, you can look for some basic signs your brakes need replacing:

  • Sound: When you hit the brakes, you’ll notice a grinding, screeching, or squeaking sound. A loud screech, squeak, or squeal will point us in the direction of your brake pads. Grinding or clanking is more likely to be your rotors or brake fluid.
  • Looks: Your Anti-Lock Braking System light will show up on your dashboard if you need more brake fluid.
  • Smells: A pungent burning smell is a cause for concern for your brakes. This smell is a red flag that should be taken seriously. Bring in your vehicle as soon as possible.
  • Feels: Something will feel off when you try to brake your vehicle. You might feel a grinding beneath your feet. You may notice your vehicle is slower to stop, or you need to apply more pressure than usual.

If you’re observing any of the above symptoms of a much-needed brake replacement, you should see a professional immediately.

We can help! Yorba Linda can help you check your brakes and replace them so your vehicle can get back on the road safely. If you have further questions or are interested in our services, please visit us at 801 S Lakeview Avenue, Unit G, Placentia, CA 92870, or call us at (714) 970-4190 to schedule an appointment today! Don’t forget to visit us on our Facebook page!