Driving is something almost all of us have to do, sometimes on a daily basis. One of the most important parts of our vehicles is our brakes. After all, without our brakes, we wouldn’t be able to stop the car or truck. Brakes failing can lead to dangerous situations, such as your car careening out of control with no ability to stop it.
So, when should you consider changing your brakes?
Signs That Your Brakes Need Changed or Repaired
There are several telltale signs that can alert you that it may be time to consider changing or repairing the brakes on your vehicle. Keep an eye out for some of these signals to determine if your brakes are in need of change or repairs:
· Grinding noises or other unusual sounds. Do you hear “grinding” sounds or other noises outside of the norm when you depress the brakes?
· Brakes losing responsiveness. Normally, when you depress the brakes with your foot, your car should start coming to a stop. Do they seem less responsive than normal?
· How is your mileage? There isn’t a “set in stone” suggestion for getting your brakes checked based on mileage, as all cars and brakes vary. A good suggestion, however, is to get your brakes checked after at least every 60,000-90,000 miles.
· How often do you brake? If you’re driving in a large city the majority of the time, then you are going to be stopping and going a lot more often than your small-town counterparts. Your braking habits can be a large factor in the wear and tear on your brakes and drum pads.
If you suspect that it is time for you to get your brakes checked or are in need of drum brake repair, it is imperative that you do so as soon as possible. Your brakes are one of the most important safety precautions of your vehicle, ensuring you are able to stop when you need to, and avoid accidents.