Have you ever been driving down the road and come to a stoplight or sign and heard the car next to you squealing at a high pitch sound that makes your jaw hurt? That is the number one indicator that their brakes desperately need to be changed out.
Mercedes recommends that the break rotors get replaced between 15,000 and 70,000 miles. That’s a lot of miles between those two numbers so what are some signs that you should get your brakes and rotors replaced sooner rather than later.
The main indicator, outside of the squeaky brakes, is when you push on the brake pedal and your stomach drops to your toes because your entire car is shaking. This is a great time to schedule a maintenance visit for your vehicle. You feel the shaking because your rotors are starting to get warped or your brake pads are worn down.
Sometimes you need to just look – that’s right! Change out of those good slacks and kneel down, this is the best way to get a visual idea of what the status of your pads and rotors is. Because the brake pads press against the rotors to slow down your car, it isn’t surprising that the rotors are going to wear out over time. Sadly, that is just how it is with vehicles. When you inspect your rotors, it is good to know what to look for, you are looking for grooves and scoring the brake pads have caused over time. A good rotor will look very smooth and unmarked. If you see grooves or scoring, or both, on the rotors, the fact of the matter is they will likely need to be replaced. If not now, then soon.
Back to the squeaky wheel – though sounds don’t always mean that you have bad rotors. But a squealing or squeaking sound could be a sign of a bad rotor and brake pads. If you feel like your brakes are in a questionable state it is always best to have them checked out. German Imports Car Care is able to give you peace of mind while checking on your brakes.