When you are driving and put your foot on the brake pedal, you expect your vehicle to come to stop, right? Basically, in terms of the safety of yourself, your passengers, and everyone else on the road around you, your brakes are the most important system in your vehicle. But how do you ensure that they remain a safety feature and not a hindrance? The answer is by keeping up with your brake service and maintenance schedule as well as entrusting an expert mechanic like O’Bryan Automotive Repair with all of your brake maintenance and repair services.
Preventative maintenance and service is hands down the best way to ensure that your brakes perform the way they were designed. Your vehicle’s braking system is made up of a master cylinder and brake line, rotors, calipers, and brake pads. All of these components need to be regularly inspected and serviced when necessary to maintain the integrity of your entire system. At O’Bryan Automotive Repair we perform thorough brake inspections and service that include everything from the brake fluid to the pads.
Brake Pad Replacement
Your brake pads have a lot of pressure on them and that pressure causes them to wear out. While the average lifespan of brake pads is around 50,000 miles, some brake pads need to be replaced as early as 25,000 miles and some can make it all the way to 75,000 miles. This all depends on the type of brake pads you have on your vehicle as well as your driving and braking habits.
Anytime you are unsure how much more life your brake pads have left in them, we advise you to consult with one of our experts for a thorough inspection of the wear and tear.
When your brakes aren’t functioning properly, it is important to get your vehicle to a trusted mechanic before you find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation. Some of the signs that it is time to schedule an appointment for brake repair include:
- Spongy or soft brakes
- Pulling to the left or right when braking
- Your brake warning light is on
- A burning smell while you are driving
- Squeaking, squealing, or grinding brakes
- A decrease in brake responsiveness
- Leaking brake fluid
If you are experiencing any of these issues or have noticed a change in your vehicle’s braking behavior, contact O’Bryan Automotive Repair today.