Brakes – Keeping Us Safe!

How Often Should My Brakes Be Checked?

Depending on your vehicle, and what kind of driving you do, your brakes should last  at least 35-50,000 miles, or maybe even longer.

Brakes and steering are probably the two most important safety items in your car. Fortunately they are very reliable.  But imagine how you would feel if you stepped on your brake pedal, and nothing happened!  So safety should always be an element of your vehicle care. Even if you don’t care about how your vehicle looks, you should practice preventive maintenance to protect yourself, and other drivers.

And good safety starts with good brakes.

Brakes need to be inspected on a regular basis. There are parts that wear out or wear down with normal use, and it’s best to replace them before you have serious problems.


Of course, if you are already having trouble with your brakes, NOW is the time to fix them. If your brake warning light is on, that’s a good sign that you need your brakes checked. You can also tell something is wrong with your brakes by the feel of the pedal. If you hear unusual sounds, like squealing, or grinding, or if feel vibrations  while braking, it’s time to have them checked out.

When Northwest Auto & Tire services your brake system, our technician will check all of the brake pads for wear. If they are too thin, they will need to be replaced. If pads wear away completely, then the rotors and drums can be damaged. They will have to be either resurfaced or replaced, and that can be expensive.

Brake Fluid

And don’t forget to have your brake fluid checked.  Anti-Lock brake systems do a great job of stopping your car in a panic stop, while letting you also steer around an object in your path.  But Anti-Lock brake controllers are very expensive, and there biggest failure is from dirty brake fluid.  So be sure to have your brake fluid flushed periodically. Your vehicle owner’s manual will have guidelines on how often it should be replaced, or you can ask a service advisor at Northwest Auto & Tire. 

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