Breaking Down Your Brakes

Break it down now … your brakes, that is!
Keeping your brakes up to snuff is essential for a healthy, safe car. Obviously driving on bad brakes endangers your life, but ignoring your brakes also presents other risks. Brake disc pads can wear down, brake fluid gets low and neglecting your brakes could lead to more costly repairs like rotor or disc replacements. Here are a few FAQs and answers from the experts at AAA Car Care.
Q. How often should I get my brakes checked?
A. Have your brakes and brake pads checked professionally every time you have your tires rotated—about every six months. However, there may be more information or slightly different guidelines in your owner’s manual. AAA Car Care Centers offer brake services, including cleaning and adjusting and brake system fluid replacement.
Q. What should I do if my brakes squeak/squeal?
A. If your brakes are squealing or squeaking, have them checked as soon as possible. While it could just be moisture or heat, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Q. How do I know if my brakes are going bad?
A. There are many signs that your brakes are going bad, including high pitched squealing, vibrations in the steering wheel during braking, grinding noises during braking, feeling the car pull, a bad smell or difficulty stopping.
Q. How much does it cost to replace my brakes?
A. The most common brake repair is replacing the brake pads. The cost can run anywhere from $150-$300. Other pieces of hardware that may need replacing include brake lines, calipers or rotors.

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