The Need for A Maintenance Schedule
Your owner’s manual is a wonderful resource to keep you from forgetting when it’s time to service one of the most important and hardest working components on your car: the brakes.
If you have become separated from your owner’s manual through loss or distance, many car manufacturers have their owner’s manual available online. You can download the owner’s manual, then search (CTRL-F) for specific words. Or call our experienced technicians at 651-426-0462 – we can help you identify the recommended maintenance for your vehicle.
Follow the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle. Generally speaking:
- Inspect your brake pads for wear at least once per year under normal driving conditions.
- Some manufacturers recommend replacing brake pads if there is 1/8 inch or less of the pad lining remaining. When the pads are too thin, they can damage the rotor and other parts in the brake system.
- Otherwise, replace the brake pads around every 25,000 miles. Brake pads can begin to wear down with use and age, increasing the risk of damage and brake failure.
- Check your brake fluid as part of a brake inspection and replace this fluid every 30,000 or 2 years.
Brake Cost Considerations
Chiefly and most importantly, brake maintenance is important not only for safety reasons, but also for your wallet. The price of brake maintenance is a far cry from the price of brake repair.
Keep in mind…
Brakes are the best example of “snow ball” repairs. If not checked and maintained, you could end up spending thousands of dollars on repairs – especially if your brakes start grinding metal-to-metal.
Some of these maintenance tasks are quite daunting. That’s why an inspection by our service technicians at AM-PM Automotive Repair is so important. With years of expertise and experience in brake repair, our technicians will take your style of driving into account when deciding what maintenance your specific vehicle needs. We also keep track of the work that was performed and convey to you any areas you may need to be concerned about in the future. Our goal is to educate you about the condition of your vehicle so you can make informed decisions and stay safe on the roads in White Bear Lake!
Brakes are one of the hardest working components in your car and one you rely on the most. By keeping up with maintenance you will hopefully keep costly repairs and unpleasant surprises in check. To schedule a brake maintenance or brake inspection, request an appointment online.