Brake Maintenance

How often should I have my brakes inspected or repaired?

For starters, stick with the service schedule outlined in your vehicle manual. At least one brake inspection/service per year is highly recommended. Brakes aren't something to put off. Squealing, vibration during deceleration, and a spongy brake pedal all require immediate attention. Such symptoms often lead to more expensive repairs when left untreated.

What's involved with a brake inspection?

Trained technicians inspect all aspects of your vehicle's stopping system for leaks, wear, and damaged components. Each individual test is often known as a "point" within a multipoint inspection. The number of points in an inspection may vary from shop to shop, but what they observe remains largely the same.

What are the benefits of brake repair and brake maintenance?

Brake repair is a vital safety issue. Without properly working brakes, normal driving situations would take a turn for the worst. However, there are other benefits in getting routine brake service and brake repair. Changing your brake pads, when needed, saves wear on your rotors, which translates into less money spent down the line.

Anthony Belcher, Sensible Driver's Service & Parts Reporter, contributed to this writeup.