How Often Should You Replace Your Brakes?

When our Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte area customers ask the service team at The Lake Dealerships, “How often should I change by brakes?” we tell them they should change their brakes roughly every 50,000 miles, but it’s not that simple.

There are many factors at play that can cause you to need a brake repair or replacement sooner or later than average. Check out this guide on some of the factors at play, and some warning signs that indicate you’re in need of a brake replacement.

Factors That Affect How Often You Should Replace Your Brakes

There are several environmental and behavioral components to how often you should replace your brakes, from driving technique to traffic. Here are some of ones we see most frequently:

  1. Driving Technique:  Are you someone who waits until the last second to step on the brakes? Do you like to push your car to its limits when coming around a bend? If so, you’ll probably need more frequent brake replacements than someone who employs smooth, gradual braking.
  2. Location, Location, Location: City driving or stop-and-go traffic can take a real toll on your brakes, as can frequently travelling downhill, since many drivers will ride their brakes during a descent. If your vehicle has a Hill Descent Control feature, use that whenever possible to decrease pressure on your brakes.
  3. Frequent Towing: Stopping with a trailer in-tow requires more brake power. If you do a lot of trailering, you may need to repair your brakes more regularly.
  4. Brake Pad Material: Brake rotor and pad materials makes a big difference in how often you need to replace you brakes. Harder brake pad compounds and carbon-ceramic rotors tend to last longer between replacements, while standard metal rotors wear faster. Soft brake pad compounds can wear down faster during high-speed or aggressive driving, as well.

If you’re not sure how often your vehicle requires a brake replacement, consult your owner’s manual, ask a factory-trained technician, or listen for signs from your car.

Brake Squeaking and Other Signs You Need a Replacement

To be safe, it’s a good idea to have your brakes inspected with every oil change or tire rotation, which is roughly every 7,500 miles. Doing so will ensure you catch any potential hazards. However, your car will also provide you with certain clues that you’re in need of brake repair:

  • Brake squeaking when not applying the brakes
  • A constant clicking noise
  • Longer brake times, or brake fade
  • Pulling slightly to one side when braking
  • Brake pedal vibrations when pressed

If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment with your local dealership’s service center as soon as possible to have your brakes checked.

Brake Repair at our Dealership

If you’re experiencing brake squeaking or other signs you need a brake replacement, let the factory-trained and -certified technicians at our dealership help.

They have years of experience helping drivers in the Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte areas answer important questions like, “How often should you replace your brakes?” and can provide a thorough and efficient brake replacement using original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts.

Use our online portal to schedule your brake repair at The Lake Dealership today!

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