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Heights Car Care

1320 Main Street #1
Billings, MT 59105

A vehicle’s brake system is one of its most critical safety features, slowing you down or stopping completely when necessary. But as with any other part of your car, brakes require periodic maintenance and replacement so you can be confident about your vehicle’s braking power every time you head down the road.

So how often do you need to change your brakes? Mileage guidelines for replacing brakes will vary depending on the manufacturer. Consult your owner’s manual for your specific vehicle, or be sure to ask your brake repair technician for advice.

There are several factors that will determine the actual service life of your brake. Consider the following factors:

  • Brake Pad Material – There are three main types of brake pad materials—organic, ceramic, and metal. Many of today’s vehicles use a metallic brake pad made up of mixed and bonded iron, copper, steel, and graphite. These pads are extremely durable, but they are quite heavy, which can affect your car’s fuel economy. Ceramic brake pads are good if you frequently make hard stops—like in high-traffic areas. These produce less dust and typically last longer, although they cost more. Non-asbestos organic brake pads are softer and do not make as much noise but they will wear out faster.
  • Where You Drive – City driving (where there are more stoplights and roads are more crowded) requires more frequent hard stops where you’ll need to use your brakes more often. Driving on open highways involves fewer stops and less traffic, reducing the need to engage your brakes.
  • How You Drive – Avoid “riding the brake” or “tailgating,” which means the brake is being used more frequently and harder. As much as possible, gently coast and gradually apply your brakes.
  • What You Drive – Brake pads will last longer on a manual stick-shift than on an automatic. This is because manual drivers can downshift (called engine braking) to slow down their vehicles. 
  • Caliper Malfunction – A stuck caliper can cause the brake pad to constantly rub against the rotor, shortening the lifespan of your brake pad. If you notice a burning smell coming from your brakes, chances are, you have a stuck brake caliper.

If you keep your vehicle for very long, you will need brake repair several times throughout the length of its life. The more you drive, the more wear and tear is placed on your brakes.

Need to know more about how often do you need to change your brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Heights Car Care today for more information about brake repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Heights, Billings, MT, and the surrounding area.

Braking problems? You may be wondering how often do you need to change your brakes. Ask the brake repair specialists for their professional advice.

A vehicle’s brake system is one of its most critical safety features, slowing you down or stopping completely when necessary. But as with any other part of your car, brakes require periodic maintenance and replacement so you can be confident about your vehicle’s braking power every time you head down the road.

So how often do you need to change your brakes? Mileage guidelines for replacing brakes will vary depending on the manufacturer. Consult your owner’s manual for your specific vehicle, or be sure to ask your brake repair technician for advice.

There are several factors that will determine the actual service life of your brake. Consider the following factors:

  • Brake Pad Material – There are three main types of brake pad materials—organic, ceramic, and metal. Many of today’s vehicles use a metallic brake pad made up of mixed and bonded iron, copper, steel, and graphite. These pads are extremely durable, but they are quite heavy, which can affect your car’s fuel economy. Ceramic brake pads are good if you frequently make hard stops—like in high-traffic areas. These produce less dust and typically last longer, although they cost more. Non-asbestos organic brake pads are softer and do not make as much noise but they will wear out faster.
  • Where You Drive – City driving (where there are more stoplights and roads are more crowded) requires more frequent hard stops where you’ll need to use your brakes more often. Driving on open highways involves fewer stops and less traffic, reducing the need to engage your brakes.
  • How You Drive – Avoid “riding the brake” or “tailgating,” which means the brake is being used more frequently and harder. As much as possible, gently coast and gradually apply your brakes.
  • What You Drive – Brake pads will last longer on a manual stick-shift than on an automatic. This is because manual drivers can downshift (called engine braking) to slow down their vehicles. 
  • Caliper Malfunction – A stuck caliper can cause the brake pad to constantly rub against the rotor, shortening the lifespan of your brake pad. If you notice a burning smell coming from your brakes, chances are, you have a stuck brake caliper.

If you keep your vehicle for very long, you will need brake repair several times throughout the length of its life. The more you drive, the more wear and tear is placed on your brakes.

Need to know more about how often do you need to change your brakes? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Heights Car Care today for more information about brake repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Heights, Billings, MT, and the surrounding area.

Joe Borgstrom
Heights Car CareAuto Repair Shop in Billings, MT

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1320 Main Street #1, Billings, MT 59105406-259-4740service@heights-carcare.com
Mon:07:30am - 05:30pm
Tue:07:30am - 05:30pm
Wed:07:30am - 05:30pm
Thu:07:30am - 05:30pm
Fri:07:30am - 05:30pm
Sat:07:30am - 05:00pm
Sun:Closed
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