How To Tell If You Need New Brakes

July 3rd, 2018 by

Changing brake pads

Fortunately, it’s easy to tell when your vehicle needs new brakes. Our service department knows the ins and outs of Honda vehicles, and can diagnose brake problems quickly and accurately. Be sure to schedule brake service right away if you notice any of the following red flags during braking:   

  • Squealing or grinding noises
  • Strange smells
  • “Pulling” to the left or right
  • Jutting forward
  • Vibration in the steering wheel

What Factors Affect Brake Health?

The brake system is your vehicle’s most important safety feature; keeping your brakes in good shape could mean the difference between avoiding an accident and footing a hefty bill for post-collision repairs. How often you should change your vehicle’s brakes depends on a few factors:

  • Your driving habits
  • Environment
  • Your vehicle’s performance profile
  • Brake pad quality and materials

When in doubt, consult your owner’s manual, or speak with one of our certified technicians!

Car mechanic Repairing brakes on car
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How Often Should You Expect to Replace Your Brakes

Typically, brake pad replacement is needed every 50,000 miles. If you don’t drive much and live in a sleepy area like Rochester, you may be able to change your brake pads every 75,000 miles—at the most. However, if you live in the middle of Portsmouth with plenty of stop-and-go traffic, your vehicle may need new brakes every 25,000 miles. That’s where the service team at Dover Honda comes in!

Man repairing a car disc brakes
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Get Expert Brake Service at Dover Honda!

If your vehicle is due for brake pad replacement, or you’ve experienced some of the issues above, visit Dover Honda today! We’re conveniently located in Dover, NH—not far from Rochester and Somersworth. Before you schedule your appointment, don’t forget to check out our latest service specials for possible savings!