How long should my brakes last?
Brake maintenance is one of the most imperative pieces of quality care that should be consistent with to ensure the safety of your Honda. Although it should seem obvious that brakes are one of the most automotive parts, there are those who choose to ignore this imperative piece of equipment until it is too late. So, how often should you change your brake pads and rotors before you experience brake problems?
No matter if you own a Honda Accord, Odyssey or powerful Ridgeline there is no clear-cut schedule that tells you when it's time to replace the brakes. Instead, you need to rely on your ears and the advice of the experienced experts here at JL Freed Honda.
Exceptions to the Rule
While the old school rule states that brake pads should be replaced every 50,000 miles there are always exceptions to this rule. In fact, brakes these days will only last as long you allow them to. What do we mean here? Like any other part on your Honda model, your driving style makes all the difference.
A little less speed means a lot less kinetic energy and brake material, which means stops from high speed are the mortal enemy of brakes. For instance, stopping from 65 MPH rather than 55 MPH forces the brakes to disperse a third more energy. Brakes sacrifice their lives by turning energy into heat.
Stop & Go Traffic
Stop-and-go traffic and traffic lights can also require extra wear and tear on your brake pads due to having to come to a complete stop on a more frequent basis. So, if your daily commute involves a myriad of stop lights, you should consider a brake inspection on a more frequent basis (every 25-30,000 miles). Driving in the mountainous areas of this state with steep elevation changes can also wear brakes out quickly because its often necessary to ride the brakes to control downhill speeds.
Carrying Heavy Loads
While having plenty of space to carry everything including the kitchen sink is often a benefit to any vehicle, especially for a SUV, pickup truck or Mini Van the more weight that your Honda is carrying the more brake problems you are more likely to incur. Be sure to consider this when packing too many items for your next family trip as this can cause your brakes to wear out quicker than most.
Time to Replace
Along with considering the factors mentioned above, the best time to schedule a visit to your JL Freed Honda Service Center for braking service may include hearing a screeching or grinding sound coming from your brakes, feel a vibration when mashing on the brake pedal or feel your car pulling the way it wants to verses the way that you are steering it. If the brake pedal pulsates under light or moderate braking, this could also reflect wear or a warped disc (pedal vibration under panic braking is normal if your car has an antilock braking system, which has been required on new cars in the U.S. since the 2012 model year).
Most cars also have a brake warning light that comes on for a few seconds every time that you start your car. If it comes on while driving, that probably means your brake system is low on fluid because of a leak or a problem with the brake master cylinder.
So, ensure your family’s safety by contacting our knowledgeable technicians today, who are always here to answer your questions.