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How Often You Should Have Your Brakes Checked

Mechanic checking brakesYour brakes are your lifeline while out on the road. The service professionals at Charles Gabus Ford are here to keep those brakes in working order, so you’re able to safely navigate the roads ahead. Brake checks for Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny drivers are important.

How long brakes last can depend on the kind of driving you do. Has a brake warning light turned on in your car? That can be a sign brakes need to be inspected. Let our technicians handle this critical service for you.  Read on to find out if you need new brakes today or find Ford Brake Service near you!

When Should I Get My Brakes Checked?

New brakes should be checked every 5,000 miles for wear and tear. The Ford maintenance schedule recommends having tires rotated every 5,000 miles or six months, and that’s a great time to have the brakes inspected, too. We’ll check the thickness of brake pads and the calipers, checking for any wear and tear.

If a lot of your driving is stop-and-go, brakes may not last as long as you’d expect. Rush hour traffic and frequent brake tapping means brake pads wear down sooner. However, if most driving is done on the highway, brake pads will be able to last longer. Wear and tear varies from car to car and driver to driver. But, in general, new brakes will last about 30,000-40,000 miles.

If you hear any sort of squealing or squeaking sound, you should schedule a service appointment as soon as possible.  Brake pads are designed to elicit a squeaking noise when they’ve worn down. Other cars may have an electronic dashboard warning letting you know.

Making Your New Brakes Last Longer

rush hour traffic

It would be great if brakes could last for the entire life of a vehicle, but that’s not always the case, particularly if you do a lot of driving and plan on hitting 100,000 miles or more. Here are some ways, though, to get more out of your brakes.

Keep a distance. Maintaining space between yourself and the car in front of you is important, and can help to avoid that last-second press of the brakes.

One is enough. Use just one foot on both the gas and brake. It can be tempting to drive with two feet, but using one can prevent overuse of the brake pedal.

Low and slow. The faster you drive, the more brake pads need to do to stop the car. Brakes can last longer by avoiding hard braking.

Our Service Center

Schedule your next vehicle maintenance at our service center today. We’ll take a look at your brakes, adjust fluid levels, change the oil, and handle all regular maintenance.

Often, regular maintenance is the best way to prevent your car from dealing with hazardous and potentially expensive repairs down the road. If you have any questions about your car’s maintenance schedule, or need new brakes, get in touch with us today.

Get New Brakes Today!

Charles Gabus Ford is here to ensure your brakes are working as they should.  Contact us today to get new brakes.  Take on the roads of Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny with safe, functioning brakes.

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