How Often Should I Change My Brakes?

Hyundai service near Upper Sandusky

Generally speaking, brake pads last anywhere from 35,000 to 60,000 miles depending on a wide variety of factors, including what type of driver you are, what road conditions you drive on, and what you use your car for. Our Upper Sandusky area Hyundai service center has some advice for you to extend the life of your brake pads as much as possible and to be able to easily tell when you need a replacement set.

How To Hear If Your Brakes Need Replacing

Brake pads are usually pretty good at telling you they need replacing. The first sign is one that you’ll hear--squealing or screeching noises when the brakes are engaged are caused by a small metallic shim indicator that’s embedded in your brake pad for that purpose. Make sure it happens regularly before you go see a brake specialist, because wet, damp conditions can cause the brakes to temporarily squeal.

How To See If Your Brakes Need Replacing

You can also visually inspect your brake pads to see what the status of them are. You should be able to see your brake pad compressed against your brake rotor through your tire spokes. If the pad is less than ¼ inch thick, you should consider having your brakes inspected, especially if it’s been a long time since your last inspection.

How To Extend Brake Pad Life

If you drive aggressively--quick acceleration and hard braking--or you tend to do a lot of your driving in urban areas with dense commuter traffic, you’ll be replacing your brake pads quicker than those who drive in rural areas or on highways. Some drivers also have a habit of “riding the brake”, which causes brakes to wear down more quickly. Reducing some of these habits can increase your brake life exponentially.

Drivers can schedule a service appointment with the certified techs at our service center today to get a brake inspection. Let us tell you where you stand on your brake pad’s life cycle, and if you need a new pad, we offer a variety of Hyundai service specials to Upper Sandusky area drivers to check out.

Contact us today with any questions about your brake pads or to schedule an appointment.

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