Braking System Maintenance

Although many roadway users choose to have their brakes serviced by a professional mechanic, it is possible to do some brake system maintenance on your own.

It is recommended that you check your brakes every 9,000 to 12,000 miles or if you hear the brake pad warning indicator (a squealing sound when you apply the brakes) or if you feel a vibration when braking. Remember, however, that if your brakes are the ABS type, the brake pedal itself will vibrate hard when braking.

Other service indicators include your brake warning light and the presence of deep circular lines or radial cracks on the braking band.

When you hear the brake pad warning sound, you should schedule maintenance on your brakes within a month.

If your brake warning light comes on, your vehicle vibrates when you brake, or you notice wear lines on your brake disk or rotors, you should schedule a service immediately.

If you are mechanically inclined, you can change your own brake pads, and perhaps the disks too, but it is not recommend that you tamper with the calipers or other hydraulic components.

If your brakes wear down to the point that you need your rotors turned or replaced, it is recommend that these actions be performed by a professional as well.

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