Your brakes have started to make an odd sound every time you stop. It’s not a common occurrence but altering your brakes is necessary in maintaining the health or your vehicle, while also making sure you’re being safe on the road not just for yourself but for other drivers as well.
Indicators that you need to replace your brakes include:
- clicking sounds
- pulling to the side
- longer times to slow down
The consensus is to replace your brakes between every 10,000-20,000 miles driven. This helps prevent major wear and tear on your car while also giving drivers a good estimate as to how often this needs to happen.
A standard oil and lube chain estimates that a complete brake change including rotors, pads and calipers will cost anywhere between $200 on the low end to nearly $800 on the high end. But if you decide to replace your brakes on your own, there are stores that will assist you in making sure things are done correctly.
Depending on your vehicle experience, you may be up to the challenge of replacing your own brakes. Experts have determined that it is a 2 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most difficult. However, those with little or no vehicle experience are recommended to have their brakes done by a professional.
Brake pads and rotors aren’t thought of every day, but you generally know when you need to replace them. Keeping your car healthy and road ready keeps you safe but most importantly, it keeps other drivers safe as well.