How often should brakes be replaced?

Brakes Repair Service in PerrysburgAt Perrysburg Auto Mall, we understand your brake system is vital in keeping you and your family safe. Along with our exceptional car maintenance and auto repair services, we offer a wide range of brake repair services for all makes and models. If you notice any of the following common warning signs of brake issues, it’s time to call Perrysburg Auto Mall to service your vehicle.

Some common signs of brake issues include:

  • Grinding, squeaking, or squealing noises are common indicators that your brake pads and shoes need further inspection.
  • Vibrating or shaking steering wheel. This could be caused by “out of round” brake rotors or when a brake caliper stills on.
  • You are pressing down further than normal on the brake pedal. This is a common sign your brake pads are wearing down and need replacement.
  • You smell burning while driving. This could be a sign of overheated brakes or clutch, especially if the smell comes from repeated braking functions.
  • Your brake warning light is on. If your light appears, this could be a sign of worn brake pads.

Over time, the brake components in your vehicle will wear down. Even if you are not experiencing any of the signs above, we recommend having your brakes checked periodically to ensure everything is working properly. The brake pads or shoes are the most common brake replacement service that we do. Starting with brake pad replacement at $99.95 We also offer brake rotors replacement and machining, Caliper and complete brake line replacement. We provide free lifetime brake inspections when brakes are purchased from us.

Brake Inspection

Do you hear grinding, squeaking, or squealing as you drive down the road? Is your car wobbling when you accelerate? These are common warning signs that your brakes are not working properly and it may be time to call the experts at Perrysburg Auto Mall Service Center. Through our comprehensive brake inspection, our ASE certified technicians will inspect all facets of your vehicle’s brake system including:

  • Pads and shoes
  • Calipers
  • Rotors and disks
  • Wheel cylinders
  • Parking brake cables
  • Fluid condition
  • Wheel bearings and grease seals
  • Master cylinder fluid exchange
  • Hardware

After the inspection, we will provide you with a complete report on the condition of your vehicle’s brake system. If any parts need to be replaced or repaired, we offer a wide range of brake repair services such as brake rotors replacement and machining, caliper and complete brake line replacement, brake pads and shoes for both domestic and foreign vehicles.

Schedule an appointment for a brake inspection today!

Components in the Braking System

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is essential for a properly functioning brake system. When the brake pedal is pressed, fluid is sent through the brake hose to each caliper. The calipers activate the brake pads, which creates the friction to bring your vehicle to a complete stop.

Brake Hose

After pressing down on the brake pedal, brake fluid goes to the calipers through your brake hose. When the fluid reaches each caliper, your brake pads are then activated.

Brake Calipers

Calipers create the pressure needed to activate your brake pads and they only function properly with brake fluid.

Brake Pads

Brake pads press against the rotors to help a vehicle come to a complete stop. If the brake pads are worn out, a vehicle’s braking power can be severely reduced.

Brake Rotors

The brake rotor is the heart of your braking system. For a vehicle to come to a complete stop, all four brake rotors have to stop. The brake pads are the friction components that bring those rotors to a halt.

Brake Shoes

Brake shoes are the curved, metal friction plates pushing against the brake drums to slow down the wheels on a vehicle.

Brake FAQs

How often should brakes be replaced?

Over time, brake pads and rotors wear out. How long your brakes last depends on your driving habits, environment, brake pad hardness, and brake material. Generally, brake pads need to be replaced after about 50,000 miles, while some need to be replaced after 25,000 and others can last for 70,000 miles – it all depends on the factors listed above. Review your owner’s manual to get a more accurate number for your specific make and model.

How often should I change my brake fluid?

The timing depends on your vehicle manufacturer. For most Chevrolet models, it is recommended every 45,000 miles, but Honda recommends changing the brake fluid every three years regardless of mileage. Check your owners manual for more details.

What are the common signs of brake problems?

The common signs of brake problems include screeching or grinding noises, vibration in your steering wheel, the need to press way down on the brake pedal, and a burning smell coming from your tires. If you are experiencing any of these signs, schedule an appointment today with experts at Perrysburg Auto Mall Service Center.

What does my brake warning light indicate?

Over time, your brake pads will wear down past the minimum regulation, and the part sensor will trigger a warning light on your dashboard, indicating it is time to replace your brakes. During brake replacement, you should also replace your brake sensor if your vehicle has one.

My breaks are noisy and squeak, is this a problem?

Yes, these are common indicators that your brake pads and shoes need further inspection. If the pads wear down too far, they can cause the need for more costly repairs.

Will aftermarket brakes void my warranty?

No. While many Dealers may make you think otherwise, aftermarket brakes will not void your warranty. A Dealer must prove that the aftermarket equipment caused the problem at hand before it can deny warranty coverage.