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How Often Should My Brakes Be Checked?

Squeaky brakes? It might be time to get them checked. And while most people know that they need to routinely get their brakes examined, but do you know how often they actually need to be checked? Here at Chuck Hutton Toyota, we want to help keep you informed about how you can stay safe and have the greatest peace of mind on the road. Keep reading to find out how often you should have your brakes checked.

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A Primer on Brakes.

In modern vehicles, you’ll normally encounter disc brakes. When you put pressure on your brake pedal, a set of calipers, equipped with pads, squeezes a rotor (the disc). Brakes work because these pads create friction with the rotor, which slows your vehicle. It’s a hydraulic system that depends on a steady flow of brake fluid.

The whole system could quit working if any one of those parts of your brakes isn’t functioning properly. However, the common causes of bad braking performance are your brake pads. They should be a minimum of a quarter of an inch thick. The pads wear down over time and, if not replaced, can lead to more expensive problems, like a damaged rotor.

Location Matters.

In cases of high traffic, crowded roads are worse than others. Congested areas call for more stopping, starting, slowing and veering than usual. This means that your brakes might be working harder than usual. It also means they will likely need servicing before a vehicle used mainly in, say, a flat rural area.

It’s always a smart plan to have your brakes examined whenever you have your tires rotated — generally every six months. If you happen to be a particularly aggressive driver, you may want to have them examined more regularly than that, such as with every oil change. It’s also critical that you keep tabs on what your brakes might be trying to tell you between your typical servicing intervals.

Warning Signs.

If the brake indicator light illuminates, then it?s time to have your brakes checked. Additionally, if you notice it’s taking longer than normal to come to a complete stop, you should have your brakes looked at as soon as possible. You might also notice a vibrating sensation when applying your brakes. That generally indicates a brake pad issue, though it could also point to an alignment problem.

Many brakes are equipped with a built-in indicator that’s made to squeal or screech when the pads are wearing thin. While the sound may be irritating, it could save you a lot of money down the road. That’s because if you replace your pads when you’re supposed to, you won’t have to hear that metal-on-metal sound. When you do notice that sound, it’s because your pads have worn down totally and your calipers are now grinding against your rotors whenever you press your brake pedal. It can turn an inexpensive fix into an expensive one.

Be Smart. Be Vigilant. Be Safe.

Here at Chuck Hutton Toyota, we’re committed to providing our customers with more than a great selection of vehicles we’re proud of our impeccable service too. This dedication doesn’t just end in our showroom. Ultimately, we want to make sure that you and your loved ones arrive safely to wherever you’re driving to, meaning you need to be able to depend on your brakes. You can count on your friends at Chuck Hutton Toyota to take care of that for you.

 

If you think it’s time to get your brakes checked, contact us or stop by Chuck Hutton Toyota at 4601 Hutton Way, Memphis, TN 38116.¬†As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Memphis, TN, and throughout Southaven, Whitehaven and Goodman Road Area.

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