If you haven’t had your brakes inspected by a Big Jim’s Automotive technician, then it may be time. Good brakes keep your entire tire and suspension system working well. They also keep you and your family safe during cringe moments on the road. But how often should have your brakes inspected? Even more important, how often should you have them replaced. Our guide below explains.


What Factors Determine When Your Brakes Should Be Changed?

Although it would be easy for us to maintain a consistent brake replacement schedule, it’s actually not that simple. There are a few factors that affect how quickly they wear down.


Driving Habits. Some drivers go easy on their brakes; others are hard and abusive. Do you brake hard or smooth? This will definitely affect the longevity of the pads, rotors, and calipers.


Driving Conditions. We service drivers from all over: the city, the country, those who drive in heavy traffic, and those who hardly drive at all. The environment you drive in greatly affects your brakes.


Brake Pads. Different pads are made from different compounds in order to suit different needs and different brands of cars or trucks. Thus, some have to be changed more often than others.


Materials. The type of material that goes into a brake also determines its lifespan. Brakes can be manufactured from carbon, ceramic, steel, or other heavy metals.


How Can You Tell if the Brakes Need to be Replaced?

As a general rule of thumb, a Big Jim’s Automotive technician should change out your old brakes every 50,000 miles. Some brakes can go longer, and some not as long. We can look at the kind of brakes you have on your car and let you know how often you should repair or replace them. Beyond that, there are some strong indicators of worn-out brakes.


●        Squealing, or scaping, or grinding noises

●        Wobbling steering wheel when braking

●        Jittery braking that can be felt underneath

●        Failure to slow down when the brake is pushed


Big Jim’s Automotive is Here When You Need Your Brakes Changed

Don’t take chances with your brakes. Have them routinely checked and replaced as necessary. At Big Jim’s Automotive our certified and knowledgeable technicians can change out your brakes and install brand new pads, rotors, or calipers. You’ll notice a huge difference when you drive. Call us today at 319-261-0999 and schedule a brake inspection. We proudly serve car owners in Cedar Rapids, Iowa!