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How Often Should I Have My Brakes Checked?

There's nothing scarier than stepping into a car and driving with bad brakes. Worn brakes are a major safety concern and can put you in harm's way. Still, many drivers wait until it is too late to have their brakes checked. Whenever you need a brake inspection, turn to your local experts at Sherman Oaks Exclusive.

Whenever you step on the brake pedal, you need to realize that there are many parts that come into play to slow down and stop your car. Depending on your vehicle's brake system, it may have brake pads, brake shoes, brake calipers, brake drums, brake rotor, brake fluid, etc. These parts wear down or deteriorate over time, so it is imperative to catch the signs of wear and tear and replace them early.

How Often Should You Have a Brake Inspection?

A good rule of thumb to follow is to have your brakes checked every time you rotate your tires or oil changed. That way, you never forget. Otherwise, you should have your brakes inspected every 6 months. Doing it seasonally is even better. 

Outside of every 6-month check, it is important that you listen to your car and stay alert. Brake problems are very noticeable. First off, you may notice a brake warning light illuminate on your dashboard. Your brakes may also vibrate or feel spongy. Any unusual feelings with your brake pedal should signal you to have your brakes professionally checked. Last but not least, if your brakes are noisy, making high-pitched screeches and squeals, it is time to have them serviced.

At Sherman Oaks Exclusive, we offer high-quality brake services and repairs to keep you and your loved ones safe. Feel free to give us a call or visit soon for your semi-annual brake inspection!