How Often Should My Brakes Be Checked? | York PA | Near Hanover, Lancaster & Elizabethtown
It Might Be Time to Check Your Brakes
Brakes. They’re vital components in your vehicle, and having them serviced regularly will help keep you from getting into an accident. But how often should you have your brakes checked and serviced? And how do brakes even work? Keep reading to find out important information about these essential parts of your vehicle.
A Primer on Brakes.
Most of today’s vehicles have disc-type brakes. When you step on the brake pedal, a set of calipers – equipped with pads – squeezes the rotor (sometimes called the disc) and creates friction to slow down the vehicle. This hydraulic system relies on a steady flow of brake fluid and expels energy of motion as waste heat.
If these components don’t function properly, the vehicle’s entire system may fail. When your brakes are performing poorly, the typical culprits are the brake pads which should be at least one quarter of an inch thick. Brake pads wear down over time, so if they aren’t changed, they can lead to other problems – such as a damaged rotor.
Some conditions are harder on your brakes, such as heavy traffic. Congested areas require frequent stops, starts, veering and slowing, and all of these put more stress on your brakes. This means they’ll likely need servicing sooner.
It’s also smart to have your brakes checked whenever your tires are rotated, which is typically every six months. However, if you’re a more aggressive driver, you should have them checked more frequently. You should also pay attention to how your brakes are functioning between routine services.
It’s definitely time to have your brakes checked when the in-dash brake light comes on. Also, if it takes longer to come to a complete stop, you should have them looked at as soon as possible. If vibration occurs when you apply your brakes, that means you probably have a brake pad issue or an alignment problem.
Most brakes are also equipped with a built-in indicator that will screech or squeal when the pads are worn down. But you won’t hear that squealing sound if you get your pads changed when you’re supposed to. The squealing sound happens when the calipers grind against the rotors, and when this happens, it can quickly turn an inexpensive fix into an expensive one.
Be Smart. Be Vigilant. Be Safe.
At Toyota of York, we work hard to provide excellent service. We’re committed to providing you with a safe driving experience, especially when it comes to your vehicle’s brakes. Count on us to ensure all of your vehicle’s parts, not just the brakes, are in good shape.
If you think it’s time to get your brakes checked, contact us or stop by Toyota of York at 1885 Whiteford Road, York, PA 17402. We look forward to serving our customers from Hanover, Lancaster and Elizabethtown.