So you need to new brakes on your car.. Either a mechanic told you so or you've started feeling that guh, guh, guh vibration or hearing squealing when you step on the brakes while driving. Bummer! But, we can help. Bottom line, there are 4 things you need to know when you think you need new brakes.
1. First, brakes are EVERYTHING, keeping you, your family and friends safe. How often have you been driving, maybe not paying attention a bit and had to stomp on the brakes to stop your car just in the nick of time? You? Never! Right, me neither. Yeah, you need em.
2. Do I need brake pads? Brake pads should last between 30-50,000 miles and are measured with that thingy on the left. Ask to see the measurements to make sure they DO need to be changed.
3. What type of brakes should I have installed? There are 3 types of brake pad, basically: Basic/Good, Better, Best. Found this good article with lots of pictures and details, ignore the typos and misused words...we didn't write it. We DONT recommend the basic metallic pads because they tend to make noise and throw off a lot of brake dust making your tire rims look dirty.
4. Should I replace rotors at the same time? Notwithstanding budget, YES. Since you are going to replace your brake pads only every 3 to 5 years....it's not that much more $$$ to do both at the same time and avoid another trip to the brake shop. It also ensures that new brake pads don't get torn up by warped rotors. With that said, no sense replacing rotors if they are silky smooth:) At Cutshaw Automotive we can advise you on the best brake buy for your budget.