Brake Repairs and Maintenance
One of the common questions that we get at Mazpro is ‘how long should my brakes last?’ Unfortunately, unlike some with other automotive components, it’s difficult to provide a concrete ballpark prediction for how long a set of brake pads will last. If most of your driving is in stop-and-go traffic—whether in the city or on the highway during rush hour—then your brake pad may be in need of replacement around the 40,000-kilometer mark. If you do most of your driving in light or no-traffic areas, then your brakes could last for twice that length of time.
Because of the flexible lifespan of a car’s brake pads, one of the most important things that you can do as a driver is to stay cognizant of how your brakes feel while you are using them. A functional braking system is one of the most important components of any car. Your brakes can mean the difference between avoiding an accident and totaling your car, or between making it home safely and not making it home at all. As such, it is important to 1) pay attention to your brakes and take note of any issues, and 2) to have your brakes checked and serviced on a regular basis.
Signs of Brake Problems
Ideally, you should have your brakes checked whenever you take your car in for a service or repair. At Mazpro, our technicians can easily add a brake check onto other services. During this check, we will take a comprehensive look at your car’s braking system, identifying signs of wear or defect and letting you know whether immediate or imminent servicing is required. Even if we don’t recommend an immediate service, the peace of mind you will get from knowing your brakes are in working order is worth the checkup—particularly if you are planning a big vacation with lots of driving.
In between checkups, you can keep yourself and your family safe by staying aware of the signs that typically indicate brake problems. These signs include the following:
- Your brakes make noise when you press the brake pedal. The actual sound can vary depending on what is happening with your brakes. In some cases, it’s a grinding sound; in others, it’s a rattle, a squeal or a chugging sound. In any case, remember to turn down the music or stop talking to your passengers every once in a while to listen to your car as it brakes. An unusual braking sound should always encourage you to schedule a diagnostic and servicing appointment.
- The brake pedal feels irregular when you press it. After many hours and kilometers spent in your car, you should be familiar with how the brake pedal feels when you press it. So if the pedal becomes hard to press, stops offering resistance and pushes to the floor too easily or feels ‘spongy,’ take your car into be serviced.
- The brake warning light on your dashboard comes on. Your dashboard’s brake warning light—usually an exclamation mark in a circle—is a clear sign that your brakes need servicing.
Schedule a Brake Job at Mazpro Today
Do you think your car needs a brake job? Call Mazpro to schedule a diagnostic checkup or servicing. You can reach us on 03 9762 8899.