Posted On: Monday, September 23, 2019
Your vehicle’s brakes are one of the most essential components of it. They keep you, your passengers, and other passengers and pedestrians safe. Keep them in good shape, and they will keep you and everyone you care about safe. Maintain them well so that they last longer than the average number of miles a decent set of brakes lasts.
Every vehicle differs but, a good set of brakes and rotors will provide you with about 40,000 miles of trouble-free braking. If you fail to get them serviced regularly, brakes won’t last that long. They could also pose serious hazards for you or someone else. An average job to replace rotors and pads can cost hundreds of dollars. But the cost of an accident due to brake failure can be well into the tens of thousands.
We won’t make up some complicated diagnosis – sometimes the answer is as simple as a slight rust buildup on the brake pads that can be fixed with a simple cleaning. Other times a more serious brake problem could need an immediate resolution to keep you and your family safe on the road.
How can you keep your brakes safe and get them to last longer? Here are three suggestions.
At least don’t brake suddenly at high speeds. This can put tremendous wear on the brakes and cause them to fail. You will notice there is a problem when the car shakes whenever you apply the brakes at 60 mph or so. Always apply gentle pressure to the brakes when stopping. Aim for a smooth stop every time to prolong the life of the braking system.
Rust can wear out your braking system prematurely. Keep the discs and rotors clean. You don’t have to take the car apart to do this. Simply have it taken in for regularly scheduled maintenance.
Routine service visits can include brake cleanings to remove dust, but there are differing opinions on whether or not this is necessary. You should have the brakes looked at for cleanliness every time you get your tires rotated.
You may need to do this once every four years. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your vehicle.
Drive smoothly, keep your brake system free of rust, and change the fluid. These three simple steps will prolong the life of your vehicle’s braking system.
Visit Absolute Car Care in Framingham at least once a year for a complete inspection. We will let you know if your brakes need to be replaced or not. Keep your brakes in good shape, and get more life out of them. Call us if you have any questions at 508 820-9323 or use our contact form if you would like to make an appointment for an inspection.