Is it time for a brake job?

Keeping your car in top shape is an important part of being a rideshare driver. For the safety of ourselves and our riders, having good brakes is essential. This is especially true when you consider all of the heavy driving we do. 

So how can you tell when it is time for a brake job, what are the signs? Your tire maintenance shop will typically look at your brake pads when rotating the tires. They usually give you an estimate on their remaining life. The site Your Mechanic says that you should replace your pads every 50,000 miles. However, this can vary based on your vehicle and your driving habits. Anytime your brakes start making a squealing or scraping noise you need to have them checked right away. Brake pads have small metal hairs at the very bottom to let you know when they are wearing out. If you have your car’s tires rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles(which is recommended), ask the shop to check the brakes while they are conducting their service.

The cost per axle is around $250 but the cost can vary based on vehicle type and pad choice. Putting off a brake job can be expensive. Failing to replace your pads can do damage to the car’s rotors. The rotors are what the pads press against to slow you down or bring your car to a stop. The average price for both brakes and rotors is between $400 and $550 per axle, so roughly twice the cost of a brake job alone. That is an unnecessary expense that no one wants.

Staying on top of your car’s maintenance is truly a way to save money. Furthermore, it gives you the added benefit of peace of mind.

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