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How Long Will My Brakes Last?

How Long Will My Brakes Last?

If you feel a slight shudder or vibration coming through your brake pedal when you stop, it could be a sign you need some brake work done. That gets you thinking, how long should my brakes last anyway? It depends on a lot of factors. But for discussion's sake, let's talk about the components that wear out most often, the pads and rotors.  One factor is how you drive. If you drive on highways a lot, you won't use your brakes as much as, say, someone who lives in the city and is in the middle of a lot of stop-and-go traffic. Do you drive a lot in the mountains? Do you tow a trailer or haul heavy loads? Those driving habits will all wear down your pads and rotors more quickly than someone who doesn't put that extra friction on their brake components. Do you love those jackrabbit starts and squealing stops? That will wear out your brakes more quickly than smoother driving habits. Do you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle? In that case, you may have regenerative br ... read more

Alignments

Alignments

It is no surprise that your vehicle drives better when all the wheels are pointed in the same direction, and a wheel alignment can help with that! If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other.  Something that you won't notice right away (but you will if you keep driving when you are out of alignment) is that your tires are wearing unevenly and quickly. This is because when the vehicle is pulling to one side, you must steer it back straight. The outside of the tire happens to wear out fast because you are constantly turning. The constant feeling of having to fight to keep your vehicle going straight down the road can be very tiring - especially on long trips! A few things that commonly throw a wheel out of alignment are slamming into potholes, smacking a curb or even something like a rock. It does not have to be something large to make a big shock, it could even be a regular bump or bang of daily driving that can add up t ... read more

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