This goes without saying – the brakes on your vehicle are highly important for the safety of you and others on the road. It’s important not to ignore the warning signs, as the longer you go without servicing your brakes, the more damaging it is on your vehicle. When brake pads are completely worn out, metal brake components will grind on the rotor and will need to be replaced.
The first signs of a problem is if you hear a high-pitched sound when you press on the brakes. If your car shakes when you apply the brakes, you need to have your vehicle serviced immediately.
How often you need servicing on your brakes will vary depending on use, your driving style, and how frequently you are carrying heavy loads in your vehicle.
With repeated heavy braking, pads and rotors wear out more quickly while decreasing fuel efficiency. For those who frequently use their vehicle to carry heavy loads for deliveries or for commercial use, you’ll want to have the brake system checked more frequently.
Taking your vehicle in regularly for brake service is a good practice to identify any problems early on. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend seeing a professional technician every 12,000 miles for a check up. Additionally, brake pads tend to wear out at about 25,000 miles with normal driving and brake fluids need to be replaced around the same period.
If you’re unsure, the expert team at CFM NAPA Autopro can create a more precise maintenance schedule for your car to keep your vehicle operating smoothly. The new pads we install on your vehicle will restore your brakes to manufacture specifications. We can also install upgraded parts to increase your power and to stop and reduce brake noise and brake dust.
Whether it’s worn-out brake pads or contaminated brake fluid, we can accurately detect any issues with your braking system so that you can get back on the road with peace of mind. Our certified and fully authorized shop offers several options to meet your requirements and your budget.
Book an appointment for your brake inspection and service in Calgary with My Calgary Mechanic today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most auto shops can repair and service your brakes, including our technicians here at CFM NAPA Autopro. If there is damage to your brake components, we take pictures and explain the work that needs to be done, so our customers know exactly the type of service they’re getting.
Generally, we recommend a brake inspection every 20,000kms. Most brake pads tend to wear out at 40,000kms, but this depends on your driving style, vehicle use, and if you frequently carry heavy loads in your car. Keep in mind that brake pads and rotors wear out quicker with repeated heavy braking.
A brake inspection includes the brake pedal, brake lines and hoses, brake fluid, rotors, pads, disc brakes or drum brakes. Each component is thoroughly checked and tested to make sure that they are in good condition.
Specifically, the brake pads and rotors can last between 3-7 years, depending on use and driving habits. Your owner’s manual will have the recommended maintenance service for your vehicle’s make and model.
Bring your car in for brake service and repair as soon as possible if you hear squealing, screeching, or grinding noise. Additionally, if your brake pads are less than a quarter-inch, it’s time to replace them.