Your braking system is the most critical part of your vehicle. Just as your fuel economy will vary subject to how and where you drive, therefore it is with the lifespan of brake pads, the material that gets pushed against a disc or drum assembly to stop your car.
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If you drive only a few thousand miles a year, but it is mostly in an urban environment, you will be required to replace or at the very least inspect your brake system more often than if you drive many thousands of miles a year in open, rural areas. You will use your brakes more frequently in urban situations than driving on a rural highway. Regrettably, no pre-set schedule tells you when it is time to replace your brakes, so you need to trust your ears and the advice of a professional automotive technician.
As a rule of thumb, most vehicles will have their tires rotated every six months or so, and that is an excellent time to have the brakes inspected. A technician can check if the remaining material of the pads is adequate and the condition of the brake discs or drums to see if any wear is evident.
Many vehicles today have in-built wear devices that scrape against a brake drum or disc when the pads or shoes need replacing. An annoying noise will emit when you apply the brakes giving you an audible warning that the brakes are worn out. Other signs are pulsing felt through the pedal, longer distances required stopping the vehicle, or when you press the brake pedal to apply the brakes, the pedal goes down further. Because brake pads and linings wear slowly, you may not notice the decrease in function, so that is where the professional assistance of a technician can help.
All vehicles have a brake warning light that illuminates briefly every time you start your car. If the warning light comes on while operating the vehicle that more than likely means your braking system has a fault or is low in fluid, or has a problem elsewhere in the system. If this occurs, have the system checked by a professional as soon as possible to avoid accidents or harm to the vehicle.