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How Often Does My Acura Need a Brake Job?

How Often Does My Acura Need a Brake Job?

You’re driving down the interstate, on your way for gelato at Glace. Every highway exit, stop light, stop sign – every time you touch the brake pedal, in fact – there’s that awful squealing noise. You suspect your brake pads are worn out, but you’ve already had them replaced at the dealership once before. How often does your Acura need a brake job?

How Long Do Brakes Last?

How long your brakes will last totally depends on how you use them. Someone who drives almost exclusively on the highway will get more mileage from their brakes. Obviously, it’s because the brakes are used less frequently when you drive on the open highway. If you drive in the constant stop-and-go environment inside the city, your brakes experience more wear. You’ll need to replace them sooner.

On average, a set of brake pads can last from approximately 30,000 miles in strict city operation to 60,000 miles – or even more – with just highway driving. Timewise, that all depends on how many miles you accumulate in a year. For most people, that’s at least two to three years on a set of brake pads.

Signs you Need a Brake Job

Squealing doesn’t always indicate you need a brake job, but it might. It could also just be dirt, sand, or some other substance that’s worked its way onto your brake pads, causing noise when they press against the brake rotors.

Other signs include:

  • Grinding noises when you press the brake pedal.
  • Scraping noise when you’re driving, even with no pressure on the brake pedal at all.
  • A rough vibration in the brake pedal when you press the brakes.
  • Increased stopping distance or more effort required to press the brake pedal.

 

If you suspect your Acura needs a brake job, bring it in to Jay Wolfe Acura. We’ll look over your brakes and give you a report on their health. We’ll advise you how best to care for your vehicle – whether you need new brake pads, pads and rotors, or simply a brake cleaning and adjustment. You can experience all of this along with friendly service and an inviting environment. Book an appointment today!

Are You Cleaning Your Windows Correctly?

Are You Cleaning Your Windows Correctly?

When you drive your Acura, there are a few constant things: you’re going to burn fuel, you’ll need to start, stop, and turn, and you need to see. If you’re having trouble seeing the road, it’s probably a matter of cleaning your windows. Are you doing it correctly, or are your windows worse after you’ve…

How to Apply Touchup Paint

How to Apply Touchup Paint

You can be as careful as possible when you park. Unfortunately, there’s always that one person who parks too close to your Acura. The wind catches their door or a button or zipper on their jacket rubs along your car. You’re left with a scratch on your car and the oblivious offender has doesn’t seem…

Proper Wheel Maintenance – Keep Your Acura Looking Spiffy!

Proper Wheel Maintenance – Keep Your Acura Looking Spiffy!

They are affected by a bunch of factors. Your wheels accumulate brake dust from everyday driving, oil and tar from the road surface, and dirt from normal driving conditions. Altogether, it turns your showroom-condition wheels all drab and dirty. Proper wheel maintenance can keep your Acura’s wheels looking sharp, showcasing the awesome car or SUV…

Does Your Acura Need a Wheel Alignment?

Does Your Acura Need a Wheel Alignment?

It comes out of left field when you bring your Acura in for its appointment. You need a wheel alignment along with other suspension and steering repairs. How can this be?   There are signs when your Acura is due for a wheel alignment. No, it’s not an indicator light on your dashboard like the…

Winter Car Care Tips for Your Acura

Winter Car Care Tips for Your Acura

In the depths of these cold months, your car probably isn’t on the forefront of your thoughts. You’re just trying to make it through without frostbite, right? Maybe all you need is a little bit of distraction, and to do some good at the same time. Maybe a bit of winter car care will take…

Where Should You Go for Acura Auto Service?

Where Should You Go for Acura Auto Service?

Whether you drive an Acura car or SUV, you’ve chosen the most luxurious car for the best price. Most importantly, your Acura is among the longest-lasting cars you’ll find anywhere. You can depend on its thrilling performance and fuel-sipping efficiency as long as you own your Acura. That is, if you take care of its…

Five New Driver Mistakes to Avoid

Five New Driver Mistakes to Avoid

When you get behind the wheel of a car, it’s more than just transportation. It’s an experience, especially if you drive an Acura. There’s a symphonic audio system, more comfort settings than you can imagine, and options you have yet to figure out. For a new driver, that can be a big problem as your…

Common Mistakes by the New Car Owner

Common Mistakes by the New Car Owner

If you’ve just bought a new Acura, you’ve made a great choice. Your car, whether it’s an ILX, RDX, MDX, or any other model, is going to give you many years of exceptional service. That is, as long as you take care of it. But as a new car owner, what do you have to…

Get Your Acura Ready for Winter Driving

Get Your Acura Ready for Winter Driving

You’ve just experienced the newness of spring, the beauty of summer, and the gorgeous colors of fall. But now comes the season most people dread — winter. It comes with snow (sorry for swearing), subzero temperatures, and awful, frustrating winter driving. Living in Kansas City and the surrounding area, there’s no getting around it, unless…


 
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