Volkswagen of Fredericksburg

5208 Jefferson Davis Highway
Directions Fredericksburg, VA 22408

  • Sales: 540-898-1600
  • Parts and Service: (888) 379-5962

Let’s Take a “Brake” from This Situation

Signs It's Time for New Brakes

When is it time to put on the brakes? The recommended thickness for brakes on a vehicle is ¼ of an inch. If the brake pads on your vehicle are below that, then it's time to get your brake pads changed. The best way to check your brake pads is to look in between the spokes of the tire rim to where you see a metal, circular rotor inside. When you find that, look around the outer edge where you will see another metal piece called a caliper, and if you look in between these two pieces of metal, you should find your brake pad.

There are a couple of other signs to tell you if it is time to get your brakes serviced. If you:

  • Hear a high pitched sound coming from the brakes
  • Hear a grinding sound coming from the brakes
  • Feel the vehicle pulling to one side or the other when driving straight
  • Feel violent vibrations under normal stopping conditions
  • Feel the brake pedal acting strangely (whether that be too mushy or too sensitive)

The amount of time between when you need to get your brakes change varies quite a bit, but on average, your brake pads need to be replaced every 50,000 miles. If you drive more aggressively, you can wear out your brakes in as little as 25,000 miles, but if you take proper care of your brakes, then you can make them last for up to 70,000 miles. To get a baseline of how long the brake pads will last on your vehicle, consult your vehicle's owner's manual.

When Your Rotors Begin to Wiggle

The rotors on your car are a vital part of your brakes system as well. However, rotors suffer from "runout" problems, which is when the rotors wobble when they rotate. When this problem occurs to your rotors, there are two different options to choose from. You can either get them replaced or resurfaced. It is more common to get them replaced than resurfaced, but check with your local mechanic at Volkswagen of Fredericksburg if you are in the Fredericksburg area to see which would be the best option for you.

When it's time to get your brakes or rotors changed, come visit the Service Center at Volkswagen of Fredericksburg. Drivers around the Fredericksburg, Richmond, or Washington D.C. areas, can even schedule an appointment quickly online for their expert brake service.