BEST BRAKE REPAIR GUIDE FOR BRAKE PADS: COST, WARNING SIGNS, & INSPECTION
If you're like most people, you don't think much about your car's brakes until they start squealing, squeaking, or grinding. Then, it's time to start thinking about repairs and costs.
Most car systems for your vehicle can be scheduled at a time that is convenient to you. Your brake system is not one of them! In order to keep you safely on the road at all times with a healthy brake system, we put together this guide to help you understand signs that may indicate a brake problem, the types of brake pad material available, rotor types, and the true cost of braking components for your vehicle type.
HOW MUCH SHOULD IT COST TO REPLACE BRAKE PADS?
Lets face it, the thought of going through the process of getting your brakes checked is not fun. The unexpected costs associated with the current condition of your brake system can determine how much it will be to replace brake pads, brake rotors, or both. There is no standard price for brake repair; it depends on your vehicle, driving habits, and local conditions.
Most repair shops have a lot more expenses to worry about than mobile repair when determining the cost of their auto repair services. With mobile repair, we have eliminated some of those costs by bringing the shop to you!
BRAKE PAD REPLACEMENT COMPARISON
Average Brake Pad Replacement
Traditional Repair Shop $200 - $250
Dealerships $275 - $450
Nevada Mobile Brakes $149.95*
*Price of OE brake pads are based on make of vehicle and availability.
COMMON REASONS TO CHANGE YOUR BRAKE PADS
Each time you engage your vehicle's brakes, a small amount of friction is breaking away the material off the pads and/or shoes. Over time, the material will become thinner and will eventually get to the pad sensor. Below are some signs that you need to have your brakes inspected.
5 SIGNS THAT YOUR BRAKES NEED REPAIRS
1. Squeaky or Screeching Noises
Once your pads come to the end of their life cycle, you will begin to experience a squeaking or screeching noise coming from the brakes. When hearing this sound it is good idea to consider getting your pads inspected. If the pad gets too thin you could experience a grinding sound which may indicate damage to your rotors.
2. Vibration When Braking
If you feel vibrations when applying the brakes it is a possible sign that the rotors may be warped and have created an uneven brake pad wear. This uneven wear and warping of the rotor will give a sensation of vibration while pressing down on the brake pedal.
3. Brake Pad Too Thin
If you are experiencing a deep whooshing sound or groaning sound, this is a sign your pads are getting low. A new pad will be around 12mm or 1/2 inches thick. A sensor will start to go off around 3mm or 1/8 inches. It is a good practice to have a brake pad tester on hand to measure the thickness to stay on top of a potential repair in the future.
4. Brake Light Indicator Comes On
Most modern vehicles will come with a warning light that will appear on your dash if the sensor comes in contact with the rotor or drum. When seeing this light, do not wait too long to get an inspection because it will increase the cost of the brake job if ignored.
5. Takes Longer to Come to a Stop When Braking
If you find that it is taking longer than usual to stop the car, this is a dangerous sign that the brakes are not performing as well as they should be. It could mean that the pads are completely worn out, or that the brake fluid is low.
WHEN SHOULD YOU REPLACE YOUR BRAKE PADS?
The intervals for getting any brake service comes down to the type of brake pads, rotors, and how the vehicle is driven. However, a general rule to follow, you should get an inspection every 10,000 to 20,000 miles to keep wear to a minimum. You don't need to go to a brake shop and take time out of your day, instead our mobile repair professionals can come to you.
When you come to either of these milestones, we can provide you with an honest and fair free brake inspection. With the service, we will determine if you need the repair or not. Most of our customers are surprised when we tell them that their car or truck does not require service and we can come back at a later time.