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Brake Service & Replacement | Kia of Stamford

Having functioning brakes is an essential part of driving. So, how do you know when it’s time to replace your brakes? What are common signs that your brakes are wearing down? Our team at Kia of Stamford compiled your frequently asked questions to help you learn more about preventative brake maintenance. Keep reading to learn more.

Easily schedule a service appointment at our dealership in Stamford, CT. If you’d like to get in touch with our service department, give us a call at (203) 871-1092, text us, or send us a message online.

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How Often Should I Replace My Brakes?

A general rule of thumb is that brakes should be replaced after about 50,000 miles. Consult with a technician at Kia of Stamford to see if your brakes need replacing soon.

Common Signs of Brake Wear

Below are some common signs of brake wear and tear.

  • Brake pad thickness Brake pads typically start at about 12 millimeters, and they gradually wear down with use. When they get down to about 3 or 4 millimeters, it’s time to replace them.
  • Squealing or scraping noise If your brakes make a squealing sound when you press down on the brake pedal, then you should replace your brakes immediately. Brake pads include a metal burr that contacts the rotor when they get down to 3 millimeters. This sound indicates that your brakes are on their last leg and will soon lose all braking power.
  • Jittery braking If braking becomes shaky, then the rotors may be warped. In some cases, a technician can resurface the brake rotor, otherwise brake rotor replacement is recommended.

How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

As noted above, brake pads typically last about 50,000 miles. However, brake life depends on an array of factors: driving habits, speeding, last-second braking, stop-and-go traffic versus highway miles, mountainous terrain, and constant downhill braking. If your driving habits include heavy braking, expect to change your brake pads between 25,000 and 50,000 miles. If you don’t use your car as much or aren’t heavy on your brakes, then your brake pads could last up to 75,000 miles.

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Benefits of Brake Service at a Dealership

The biggest benefit of getting your brakes serviced at our dealership in Stamford, CT, is knowing that you are getting genuine OEM brakes. That means that the new brakes installed in your car come straight from the Kia manufacturer and were made for your specific Kia model. Not to mention, Kia of Stamford has rotating service specials that you can take advantage of.

Schedule a Brake Service Near Me

Need to schedule a brake pad replacement, or simply want to consult with a technician? Schedule a service at Kia of Stamford. If you’d like to contact our service department, give us a call at (203) 871-1092, text us, or send us a message online.