How long has it been since you last had your brakes serviced? If you’re not sure whether or not it was sometime in the last decade, it might be time to schedule an appointment. Keeping your brakes in good shape not only prevents costly repairs down the road, but it will help keep you, your passengers and everyone else on the road a lot safer.
Luckily, Glen Park Autoworks offers a lifetime warranty and labor on our brake pads and rotors in Gary, IN, so you’ll rest assured not only that you’re safe, but that you’ve gotten the best deal around.
What affects the wear and tear on my brakes?
How often your brake components need to be replaced depends on a number of different factors:
- How you drive: If you’re the type of driver who drives excessively fast and tends to slam on their brakes, you will wear through your brake pads a lot faster than someone with a more moderate driving style.
- Driving environment: Where you drive is just as important as how you drive. Stop-and-go city or town traffic wears your brakes down faster than driving on rural roads or freeways. Steep roads are even harder on your brakes—you’ll need to use them more to keep your car from rolling downhill too quickly.
- Brake pad hardness: Brake pads come in different hardness levels—typically, the harder they are, the better suited they are for performance vehicles. Softer brake pads don’t need to heat up before they can be used effectively, which makes them better for driving around town. They’ll need to be replaced sooner than hard brake pads.
- Brake materials: Brake components also come in different types of materials. Metal brakes are the most common, but if you have a performance vehicle. you might have carbon-ceramic brakes. (These are much more expensive, but they last longer.)
Your brake pads are affected by all the factors above. Generally, they should be replaced every 50,000 miles. If you’re tough on your brakes or drive in the mountains frequently, they may need to be replaced as soon as 25,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual to see what your manufacturer recommends.
If you notice your brakes are squealing, scraping or shake when you press down, that’s a red flag. Take your car in to have the brakes serviced as soon as possible. Luckily, Glen Park Autoworks offers a lifetime warranty on your brake pads in Gary, IN!
Your brake rotors typically need to be replaced roughly every 30,000 to 70,000 miles. Like brake pads, the factors in the wear and tear section determine how often you’ll need to replace them. Again, check your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends, and keep an eye out for jittery or shaky brakes—that could mean the rotor is warped or scraping metal.
When it’s time to get your brakes serviced, take advantage of Glen Park Autoworks’ lifetime warranty on brake pads and rotors in Gary, IN. We cover parts and labor—call us today to schedule your next brake service appointment.
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