Make sure your brakes are working properly with a brake system check every 12 months, every 15,000 miles or based on the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service interval that matches your vehicle’s operating conditions and your driving habits.
Properly working brakes are essential to vehicle safety, and maintenance is the key to a reliable stopping power. Brake pads, shoes, drums and rotors are made of materials that wear down over time from heat and friction, even in normal driving conditions. When brake pads or shoes are in need of replacement, your vehicle may alert you with a dashboard indicator light or an audible indicator (squealing sound). It’s important to replace brake shoes and pads before they wear out completely and damage more expensive brake parts. Of course, proper brake maintenance helps ensure that your vehicle will come to a complete stop when the brake pedal is depressed. But periodic replacement of brake pads and shoes can also help you save money in the long run by preventing metal on metal contact, which can damage more expensive rotors or drums.