Just as your gas mileage will vary depending on where and how you drive, so it goes with the life of brake pads or linings, the friction material that gets pressed against a metal disc or drum to stop your vehicle. Unfortunately there is no clear-cut schedule that tells you when it is time to replace brake pads, so you need to rely on your ears and the advice of Clarke’s Discount experienced car maintenance technicians. Most vehicles should have their tires rotated at least every six months, and that is the perfect time to have the brakes inspected as well. Our team can check the thickness of the pads and the condition of the brake hardware to spot any potential problems. Many cars have built-in sensors that scrape against a brake disc when the linings need replaced.The driver will hear an annoying screeching sound when they apply the brakes.

Those sensors are not on every vehicle, so drivers should listen for squeaks, squeals, grinding and other noises that indicate troublesome wear. Some minor noises can be eliminated by cleaning the brakes, but persistent, prominent noises usually mean the parts are worn. All cars have a brake warning light that comes on for a few seconds every time the car is started. If it comes on while driving, it probably means the brake fluid is low. The risk is far too great to ignore any brake issues. If you are unsure about the quality of your brakes, call us and make an appointment. Let us handle the details of your auto maintenance to keep you safely on the road.