When to Replace Your Brakes | Jennings Anderson Ford

When to Replace your Brakes

It is imperative—particularly in inclement weather and on slick roadways—to have brake pads that are capable of holding up their end of the bargain. Given how important brakes are to your vehicle’s overall performance, they need to be kept in shape all-year round. So how do you know when it’s time to replace your brake pads?



The first sign is the most obvious: the noise. Worn down brake pads are quick to screech or squeal. According to Angie’s List, once the squeals start, you should assume that you have 10% of your brake pads’ life left. When it’s gone from an occasional groan to near-constant shrieks, it’s high time to swap out your brake pads. You don’t want to let it wait too long, however; the longer it takes, the more likely it is that there is metal rubbing on metal. 



Other symptoms of your brakes going bad include a lack of responsiveness, your vehicle pulling to one side when braking, and pedal vibration. 



If you’re keeping track, brake pads should be replaced between every 30,000 and 70,000 miles. How much you get out of your brake pads largely depends on the brand you select and if it is properly installed. If you want to take a hands-on approach, a thickness of about 3 mm or less is indicative of needed change. 



Fortunately, we here at Jennings Anderson Ford are experts in inspecting, servicing, and replacing brake pads. When you bring in your vehicle, we will let you know how close you are to needing to have work done, and when that time comes, you can guarantee that our service experts will do it right the first time. Schedule your next service appointment today!

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