How to tell if you need new brakes

Brakes are arguably one of the most important parts of your vehicle – knowing you can stop carefully, in a safe distance, at any time you require leads to a better more relaxed driving experience. But often, our brakes can begin to experience wear and tear, and could be due a replacement. Find out how to tell if your brakes need replacing today.

How long should brake discs last?

It’s suggested that brakes are designed to last around 50,000 miles, dependant on your vehicle and driving style. Yet, there are often reasons why your brakes can deteriorate over time – for example, keeping an eye on your mileage is especially important when it comes to replacing discs and pads for your brakes.

Brake discs and brake pads should always be replaced at the same time – pads should be replaced every 30,000 miles, whereas discs should be replaced every 50,000 miles. So, bear this in mind when noting how much mileage your car has done.

When do brake pads need to be replaced

There are often warning signs that your brakes need to be replaced. Here are a few things to look out for:

Brake replacement warning signs

  • Pulling – if you feel the steering wheel of your car pulling in different directions, this could be a sign your brakes need replacing. However, pulling doesn’t always mean there’s a problem with the brakes – it could also be due to incorrect wheel alignment of your tyre
  • Vibrations – a vibrating brake pedal can often indicate warped rotors which would rub against the brake pads, creating vibration feedback through the brake pedal
  • Unusual grumbles or noises – ever heard a high-pitched squeal coming from your vehicle when braking? This could mean your brakes are in need of being replaced
  • Unusual brake pedal movement – a ‘mushy’ pedal (that practically goes to the floor before engaging the brakes) could indicate your brakes need replacing. On the other hand, a pedal that grabs the brakes at the slightest touch could also suggest an unevenly worn rotor or dirty brake fluid

Remember, if you think your brakes are in need of replacing, please consult a qualified technician to check them over.

Still unsure on how to tell if your brake discs need replacing? Let one of our trained experts help. Book your free brake check online with us today at Formula One Autocentres.

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