Service Tip: How often should I change my brakes?

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How often should you change your brakes?

As a rule of thumb indicated by our service advisers, brake pads generally need to be replaced after about 80,000 kilometers.  In some situations, pads need to be replaced in as little as 40,000 km, while others can last on average thru 110,000 km plus mark – it all depends on your driving habits, the environment in which you drive and the quality of your brakes (i.e. OEM vs aftermarket).

How to tell when brakes need to be replaced?

  • Your brake pads are thinner than ¼ inch
  • You hear a high pitch screeching when you brake
  • If your brakes are not as responsive as they should be or if the pedal “sinks” toward the floor, this could be an indication of a leak in the braking system
  • If your vehicle “pulls” to one side while braking, it may be a sign that the brake linings are wearing unevenly or that there is foreign matter in the brake fluid.
  • Hearing a loud metallic grinding sound while braking means that you have worn down the pads completely, most likely beyond replacement.
  • Your feel a vibration or pulsation when you brake, this is often a symptom of warped rotors

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