When should I have my brakes serviced?
There’s perhaps no greater safety mechanism in your Honda than your brakes. Therefore, regular and quality maintenance on your brakes is imperative to your safety and the safety of those around you on the road. So, how do you know when you need to have your brakes serviced by the highly-trained staff at Sharp Honda? Read on to find out.
Brake Fluid Checks
Brake fluid is one of the most often overlooked fluids in your vehicle. Much emphasis is put on oil changes (which are no doubt important as well), but brake fluid is vitally important to your safety. Without regular brake fluid checks, the fluid may age and cause increased corrosion of your braking system components. A good rule of thumb is to have your brake fluid changed every two years or 24,000 miles. Talk to the service technicians at Sharp Honda to find out the right schedule for your vehicle.
Brake Pad and Shoe Replacement
Brake pads and shoes need replacement when showing signs of wear. If they break down too much, other important elements in your brakes, such as rotors and drums, could suffer damage and lead to expensive repairs. There is a big window for recommendations of when brake pads and shoes should be replaced, ranging from every 20,000 miles to every 60,000 miles. This really depends on the type of driving you do. If you notice any squeaking when you brake or find that you have to press your brake pedal harder to stop, bring your car in immediately for brake service. Otherwise, discuss your driving patterns at your next maintenance appointments, and our service specialists will make a recommendation tailored to you.
If you experience any of the following signs of your brakes wearing down, schedule service with Sharp Honda immediately to avoid costly repairs or dangerous driving.
- Strange Sounds When Stopping: If you hear a high-pitched squeal when you stop your vehicle, this is a sign that your brake pads need replacing. In addition, if you hear a grinding sound, it could mean that there’s metal on metal in your brakes already. This is a bad sign and means that your brakes may be ineffective or that your rotors are sustaining damage. Schedule service today.
- Pulling in One Direction: This pulling when braking can indicate an issue with the braking system. It could be a stuck caliper or a collapsed brake hose. It could also be as simple as uneven brake pads. Pulling can also indicate a tire issue, so this is one symptom that should be checked out by the service professionals at Sharp Honda.
- Mushy Brake Pedal: If you brake pedal has to be pushed all the way to the ground before your brakes work, you could have an brake problem such as worn down pads or a brake fluid leak. It’s best to not wait and bring your Honda into our service department in Topeka.
To have your brakes examined, schedule service today. Routine maintenance on your brakes saves you from expensive repairs in the future. Sharp Honda is proud to deliver quality brake parts and service to customers in the Topeka area.