Brake Disc FAQs

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Brakes are vital to the safety and overall performance of your vehicle. It’s crucial to schedule regular brake inspections and address pad or rotor issues as soon as they arise to keep yourself and others safe on the road. 

Whether you need brake repairs or a new set of tires, the experts at Big Chief Tire are here to answer your questions and ensure your vehicle is ready to perform at its peak.

What are brake pads, and what do they do?

Brake pads are devices made from steel or synthetic material that play a vital role in the braking process. When you press the brake pedal, these pads make contact with your vehicle’s rotors. This action creates friction that works to slow down or stop your car. 

Over time, brake pads become worn down and require regular replacement. It’s crucial to replace them in a timely manner — if you don’t, it can ultimately cause your car’s entire brake system to fail. There are many indicators that your brake pads need replacement, from strange noises to reduced response time when braking. 

How long do brake pads and rotors last?

The more you drive, the more your brake pads’ friction material becomes worn out. These devices typically last between 30,000 and 35,000 miles. However, the lifespan of your brake pads varies based on your driving habits, including how often you’re on the road and how hard you brake. 

Brake rotors have slightly longer lifespans and should be replaced every 50,000 to 70,000 miles. Having your braking system checked every six months is essential to ensure your vehicle’s safety is optimized. 

What happens when you drive with worn brake pads?

Driving with worn brake pads can cause severe damage to your rotors and jeopardize your safety on the road. When your pads become less than ¼ inch thick, steel-on-steel grinding occurs when they come into contact with your brake rotors. 

This can result in squealing or grinding noises each time your car brakes. It can also take longer to bring your car to a complete stop, which puts extra strain on your tires and causes them to wear unevenly. Drivers with worn pads may also experience vibrations or pulsing when pressing the brake pedal. 

Why does my car shake when I brake?

If you feel vibrations, shaking, or a pulsating sensation when you brake, it may be a sign that your brake rotors are warped and need replacement. Shaky braking occurs when your rotors are more worn on one side of your vehicle than the other. 

It is important to schedule an appointment with an auto repair shop as soon as possible to ensure that your braking system is performing correctly. This way, you’ll know when it’s time for new brake rotors and pads to keep yourself and others safe. 

How much do brakes cost?

Brakes vary, and a complete repair that includes rotors and pads can cost anywhere from $200 to $800. However, if you’re only looking to replace your front or rear brake pads, the average cost falls between $115 and $300. Brake replacements cost the same regardless of the age of your car. 

At Big Chief Tire, we offer brake disc repair and replacement services at fair, competitive prices, so you only pay for what you need. Our brake specialists are here to provide the service you need to keep your vehicle and wallet safe. 

Schedule an Appointment with Big Chief Tire

At Big Chief Tire, your safety is our priority. If you think your brakes need an inspection, let our team take a look. Schedule an appointment at any of the four Big Chief Tire locations for anything from a wheel alignment to a brake inspection. We keep Jax rollin’!


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