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Do Your Brakes Need to Be Replaced?

Brake Repair

It’s important to know the signs of your brakes wearing out, so you will know, do your brakes need to be replaced? At Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City, our technicians can also check them out for you and get them quickly replaced if needed. Good brakes are important for your safety and knowing the signs of bad brakes can prevent potential damage and injury.

Eventually, your vehicle’s brake pads will wear out and you will need to replace them. If you wait, the metal parts of the brakes will grind against the rotor and carve grooves in the surface. If it gets to that point, we will try to smooth it out on a lathe. But sometimes the grooves are just too deep or rotor gets warped or cracked. At that point, you’ll need to have them replaced.

Our technicians at Ponder Auto Repair will examine the mechanical sliding and mounting portions of your brake system. If the brake pistons are sticking, you might need to get them replaced. It might be cheaper to replace the entire caliper than to rebuild the piston.

How often brakes should be replaced depends on the brake material, as well as your driving habits, environment, brake pad hardness, and the materials that make up the brake rotor and brake pads.

Keep Track of Your Mileage

Most brake pads will need to be replaced after around 50,000 miles, but others should be replaced after 25,000, and still others 70,000 miles. Your owner’s manual will tell you your car’s specific needs.

Get Your Brakes Checked

A regular brake check is on your car’s maintenance schedule. To stay safe, you should have your brakes checked regularly. We are happy to do it. Have our technicians check your brake pads whenever you get your tires rotated or your oil changed. Our ASE-certified technicians can diagnose any problems there might be and repair them. Replacing your brake pads on time can keep you safe and prevent more damage from happening.

Warning Signs

As a driver, you need to know the warning signs that your brakes need replacement. There are certain things you should pay attention to, including:

  • The brake pads will make a squealing or scraping noise when they are getting thin.
  • The brake pedal feels spongy or slow to respond.
  • It takes longer to stop.
  • The dashboard brake light is orange, showing that there is a problem with your anti-lock brakes (ABS).
  • The dashboard brake light is red, meaning there is a system imbalance.
  • If it is jittery when you brake, the rotors might be warped.

Do your brakes need to be replaced? If you know the warning signs, you can work with our service experts at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City to inspect and replace your brakes when it’s necessary. Our team of skilled and personable ASE-Certified Auto Mechanics provide brake system repairs, including service for your pads and drums. We care about your safety and will take great care of your car – and you!

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