How Often Should My Brakes Be Checked? | Dry Ridge KY | Near Florence, Cincinnati & Lexington

All drivers know that brakes are important, but not all drivers know how often they should get their brakes checked. Faulty brakes can cause major safety problems for both you and other drivers on the road. Keep reading to find out how often a mechanic should look at your brakes.

A Primer on Brakes.

Disc brakes are the most common type of brake found in vehicles today. When the brake pedal is pressed, a set of calipers, equipped with pads, squeezes a rotor (the disc). The pads create friction with the rotor to slow your vehicle. It's a hydraulic system that depends on a steady flow of brake fluid.

The entire brake system can fail if any of the components stops working right. The parts most likely to cause you problems are the brake pads. They should be at least a quarter of an inch thick. The pads wear down over time, and not changing them can cause more expensive issues, like a damaged rotor.

Location Matters.

High traffic areas are tougher on breaks than less congested places. Busy roads require lots of stopping, starting, slowing and veering, which puts a lot of stress on your brakes. You'll probably need your brakes serviced sooner than drivers in a flat rural area, for example.

With that in mind, it's always a smart idea to have your brakes checked whenever you have your tires rotated—typically every six months. More aggressive drivers might want to have them checked even more often than that, like with every oil change. It's also wise to keep an eye out for any problems with your brakes between regular servicing intervals.

Warning Signs.

The brake light coming on is a sign it's time to have your brakes examined. If you find it's taking longer to come to a complete spot, you should get your brakes checked as soon as possible. You might feel a vibrating sensation when applying your brakes. This usually means there's a brake pad issue, but it could indicate an alignment problem.

Are your brakes sending a cry for help? Many brakes come with a built-in indicator that's designed to screech or squeal when the pads are wearing thin. The irritating noise could ultimately save you a lot of money. If you change your pads when you're supposed to, you won't hear the metal-on-metal sound. When you hear it, it's because the pads have totally worn down and the calipers are now grinding against the rotors whenever you press the brake pedal. It can quickly turn a cheap fix into an expensive one.

Be Smart. Be Vigilant. Be Safe.

At Marshall Dry Ridge Toyota, we're committed to offering customers more than a variety of vehicles—we aim to deliver excellent service as well. That commitment goes beyond our showroom to include our service bays. We want to make sure that you and your loved ones arrive safely no matter where you drive. For that to happen, your brakes need to be in good shape. You can count on your friends at Marshall Dry Ridge Toyota to take care of your brakes and you.

If you think it's time to get your brakes checked, contact us or stop by Marshall Dry Ridge Toyota at 9 Taft Highway, Dry Ridge, KY 41035. We look forward to serving our customers from Florence, Cincinnati and Lexington.

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