Do you know when you need brake service for your car? You may not—even if you have owned or drove more than one car since you received your driver’s license near New Braunfels, San Antonio, or San Marcos, Texas. When your brakes need to be fixed or replaced, it may come up unexpectedly or you may not recognize the signs.

Nissan of New Braunfels decided to step in and tell you when it’s time to fix or replace your brakes in the guide below. Schedule a service appointment today.

Brake Repair

How Often Do I Need to Get My Brakes Fixed?

Although many car owners follow a rule of thumb, changing or replacing your brakes depends on several factors, including what type of car you drive and your driving conditions. Your driving style determines when your brakes need to be changed as well.

If you drive in the city where your car may endure stop-and-go traffic or if you tend to speed often—which puts more pressure on your brakes—they may wear down more quickly.  

Generally, you may need brake service when your odometer reaches 20,000 to 75,000 miles, but again, it depends on your experience. After 50,000 miles, schedule a brake inspection to make sure they are still performing well. Our service center will let you know if you need new brakes or fresh brake pads.

Brake Pad Replacement

When Should My Brake Pads Get Changed?

Brake pads serve as important components in your brake system. They work with the rotors or brake discs by creating friction that helps the brakes function. With consistent usage, the brake pads wear out, so the brakes may not perform at their best. Our service team will examine your brake pads and see if they need to be replaced. By routinely replacing these vital auto parts, your brakes will last longer.

Some materials that make up brake pads work better in different conditions. Softer compounds may work best for city driving where you may be taking it slow, while high-performance vehicles benefit from harder materials that need to warm up and can endure more stress. This factors into how often they should be replaced.

Pressing Brake Pedal

Signs I Need New Brakes

Several different signs let you know when you need new brakes or brake pads. Look, sense, and listen to the signs, and then schedule a service appointment for an expert opinion and an efficient fix.

  • Weird or Grinding Noises

While you drive, you may hear squealing sounds or other strange but harmless noises that indicate your brakes need a checkup. If your brakes make a grinding noise, your brake pads most likely need to be replaced.  

  • Less Response

When you push down on your brake pedal, your brakes may not respond right away or the pedal may sink.

  • Veering to One Side

If you feel like your car veers toward one side, your brake linings may be wearing down.

  • Vibrating Brake Pedal

If your brake pedal vibrates or pulses under your foot, this may indicate that you have warped rotors.

Schedule Brake Service at Nissan of New Braunfels Today!

Now that you know what signs to look for that show you need brake service, you will be prepared. Be safe when driving through New Braunfels, San Antonio, and San Marcos, TX, and listen to your car. When you need your brakes replaced, schedule an appointment at the Nissan of New Braunfels Service Center.

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