It’s probably no surprise that being able to stop your vehicle safely is an extremely important aspect of driving. As you push down on the brake pedal, the brake pads will start to squeeze against the rotors, which in turn slows the vehicle down or to a stop. This is similar to using a hand brake on a bicycle. As you squeeze the bike brake lever, the pads squeeze against the wheel, which slows you down. The harder you squeeze, the more pressure is applied, and the quicker you slow down. As the brake pads squeeze against the rotors, they create an enormous amount of friction and heat. Whether on a bike or a vehicle, over time the brake pads’ friction material will wear away and the pads have to be replaced.
- Brake System Inspection
- Brake Pads Replacement
- Brake Rotors Replacement
- Brake Fluid Exchange
- Hydraulic Brake Hose Replacement
- Brake Line Replacemnt & Repair
- Brake Shoe Replacement
- Brake Drum Replacement
- Emergency/Parking Brake Service
When should brakes be replaced?
There is no set time frame or mileage range in which brake pads should be replaced. Brakes will wear differently from person to person depending on their driving habits, unless there is an issue in the brake system which can cause the brake pads to wear out quicker. Some of the symptoms you may notice that indicate your brakes need serviced are hearing squeaks, squeals, or grinding noises, feeling a pulsation or wobble while braking, or hearing a scraping noise when applying the brakes.
Staying up on regular brake maintenance will help prevent problems from happening when you least expect them or when it’s most inconvenient to your schedule. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your vehicle’s brakes checked at least once a year. If you are hearing any of the indicators listed above, or just haven’t had your brakes checked in a while, give our service team a call at 260-356-5533 to set up an appointment to have your brake system inspected.
From simple services like an oil change, preventative maintenance, or brake repair to emergency repairs and check engine lights, our experts at Schroeder's have you covered.