Part two of our series explores more myths about brake repair.
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Modern Brakes Are More Sophisticated and Don’t Need Brake Repair
Modern brakes are more sophisticated, so you don’t need to check your brakes or replace them. We actually had to blink at this myth that one of our customers told us. While brakes are made of more high-tech materials than they used to be, and are more durable, they are still mechanical components that can wear out or break. If it were possible to make brakes that didn’t wear out, the inventor would doubtless be very rich. This leads us to our next myth.
The only brake components that you have to worry about are the brake pads and shoes. Wrong. Your brakes are made of several components including rotors, calipers, and a master cylinder. In addition, most brake modules are computer controlled. You can often tell which parts of your brakes need the most work depending on the symptoms they’re displaying.
BRAKE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT: EVERY 5,000 MILES LIKE CLOCKWORK
You should replace your brakes every 5,000 miles like clockwork. Correction on this. You should check your brakes every 5,000 miles, but not necessarily replace them. Someone who lives in a tiny town in rural Arizona will not have to replace their brakes nearly as much as someone who lives in a major metropolitan area like Phoenix. Why? Well, what causes brakes to wear out faster in big city is essentially traffic. The more slow and go traffic you are in, the faster your brakes are going to wear out. When in doubt, use this guide from JD Power and Associates: “There are two ways to check for brake wear on disc brakes: by looking and by listening. First, check for wear by looking at your brake pads through the spaces between the wheel’s spokes. The outside pad will be pressed against a metal rotor. Generally, there should be at least 1/4 inch of pad. If you see less than 1/4 inch of pad, you may want to have your brake pads inspected or replaced. Have you ever heard a high-pitched screeching sound when you applied your brakes? That’s a small metal shim, called an indicator, which is giving you an audible warning that you need to replace your brake pads. You should be aware of this sound (which is loud enough to be heard while the windows are up, but not necessarily loud enough to be heard over the radio or air conditioner). If you hear it regularly, quickly make an appointment with your mechanic.” [READ MORE]
So remember, there is a lot of misinformation out there. When in doubt, get your car in sooner, not later. In other words, get your car in while you can still stop, and not when you stop because your brakes fail. Call your brake mechanic today.
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