How to Tell If You Need New Brakes

September 18th, 2018 by

Don’t know how to tell if you need new brakes? Mercedes-Benz of Newton is here to help Sussex drivers who are unsure about the health of their brakes or replacement intervals. Find out everything you need to know, especially if you’re heading out on a road trip!

Factors that Affect Brakes

There are many factors that affect when you will need new brakes, including when and how you drive. For example, you may drive relatively few miles each year, but if those miles are mainly in urban areas like Chicago or Boston, your brake pads will need to be replaced more often than someone who drives many more miles in a rural area. That’s because you rely on your brakes more in the city than on a highway.

When to Replace Your Brakes

Given the various factors that affect the health of your brakes, there’s no set schedule for when you should get them replaced. As such, you need to rely on your ears and the expert opinion of automotive technicians. Here are some rules of thumb:

  • Have your brakes checked whenever you have your tires rotated, about every 6 months.
  • Listen for screeching, squealing, or grinding sounds that come from your brakes. Odd noises are clear indicators that it is time to have your brakes serviced.
  • Pay attention to stopping distances. When it takes significantly longer to come to a halt, it may be worthwhile to get your brakes checked.
  • Look for indicator lights on your dashboard. These may signal issues with your brakes or let you know when it’s time to replace brake pads or other brake components.

Have Your Brakes Serviced with Mercedes-Benz of Newton

Take advantage of routine maintenance at Mercedes-Benz of Newton with Mercedes-Benz A Service and B Service plans, learn about wheel alignment, and have your transmission fluid checked by our knowledgeable technicians while you’re here. In the meantime, make sure to prepare your emergency roadside kit in case you experience brake troubles while away from Hamburg.