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When should I have my brakes serviced?

You should always keep your eye on your brakes and have them checked as part of your routine maintenance. It’s important to not just think about brake service when problems arise, given that your brakes are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. To keep your brakes in the best working order, you can get a brake inspection whenever you have maintenance performed. A highly-trained technician can spot pad deterioration before the telltale squeal, keeping you even safer. The brake fluid level can be checked. If it is low, the mechanic can check for leaks as well as top off the needed fluid. If the fluid has grown old, the mechanic can recommend a flush. But, one sure sign that you need to have your brakes serviced is when you hear squeaking when applying your brakes.    

What does squeaking mean?

If your brakes make a squealing noise when you press the pedal, that signals that your brake pads are failing. Your pads are designed to squeal. This communicates to the owner and the mechanic that it's time to change the pads. If the pads are changed in a timely manner, it protects the metal components from damage. Pad replacement is far less expensive than replacing the metal drums and rotors. Schedule service as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t have to end up scheduling more costly repairs later.

Why is it important to pay attention?  

If the pads do wear out, the drums don't have any protection and will need to be replaced sooner as the metal rubs against metal, which can be dangerous and cause costly damage. Of course, this can all be avoided by heeding the squeal of your brakes or better yet, having routine maintenance performed on your brakes at Troy Honda.

What else should I pay attention to?

Brakes may require other maintenance. The brake fluid can become old. This means it gets too thick and can't perform its role as a lubricant. Dirty fluids can lead to the corrosion of metal parts. Protective seals may start to rot. If brake fluid has grown old from use, it is a good idea to have the system flushed, and the fluid replaced.  If your brakes are squealing at you, don't wait for the problem to get worse or you notice any other issues, schedule service with Troy Honda, and we’ll make sure to get your brakes in great working order.