On any car, problems can occasionally come from nowhere. Of course, taking your vehicle in for frequent maintenance checks can give you the foresight to prevent future issues, but daily issues could still occur. One of the many issues may be screeching brakes, and there are ways to avoid this, depending on if they are new or old. Brake squeaking could happen due to your driving conditions or driving habits. Here we’ll provide a deeper breakdown of the more frequent causes for why your brakes screech, how many miles brake pads should last, and when to change your car’s brake pads.
This might shock you, but one cause of brake screeching is that they are just too new. Your vehicle’s brakes might require some more miles to get accustomed to the vehicle. In this case, weather conditions can lead to moisture on your brakes, and it could require a while to dry that moisture. Additionally, the way you drive may cause brake squeaking. “Riding” your brakes (keeping your foot on the brakes) or late braking could cause brake noise, especially if they are brand-new. If this is the case, try to brake earlier to help avoid making more friction.
Older brakes are typically why you might hear that squeaking noise also. Over time, components on every vehicle will likely start to wear down due to driving habits, moisture, if it is garaged or not, and rust. The easy fix is to get them replaced with brand-new parts. However, a change in the way you drive could extend the life of your brake pads.
The life of brake pads could last years, based on how you drive. Understanding your driving habits is essential, as it can help you understand when to change the brake pads. Brake pads typically last 25,000 to 65,000 miles, but driving habits play such a crucial role. Riding your brakes (when a foot is always on the brake pedal) and hard braking puts a lot of friction and pressure on the brake pads and can lead to diminishing their lifespan. If squeaking starts to happen, you might consider getting them replaced and think about changing the way you drive to extend the brake pad’s lifespan.
If you think your brake pads need to be changed, don’t wait another minute to contact us at Bob Howard Acura to schedule a service appointment. Our team of experts will take all of the guesswork out of determining the brake service that your car or SUV needs. We proudly service all makes and models of vehicles. Schedule your brake service appointment today.