While all parts in your Jeep® play key roles, it’s hard to argue that your braking system is one of the most important, especially when it comes to safety. This is why having your brakes looked at should be included in the routine Jeep service you get.

Make a Point to Have Your Brakes Inspected Regularly

At the very least, you should have your braking system examined yearly. This gives technicians the opportunity to closely inspect everything and make sure all components are in good working order. This also gives you the chance to make replacements, as brake parts wear out over time. Here’s rundown of how long components generally last:

  • Pads: 20,000 miles
  • Shoes: 30,000 miles
  • Rotors: 50,000 miles

Warning Signs for Your Brakes

Because your braking system is vital for safety, you don’t want to ignore signs that something could be wrong. These are the biggest red flags:

High-Pitched Noises

Your brakes have a built-in component designed to alert you if a pad is getting thin. This comes in the form of a squeal or squeak when you step on the pedal. If you hear this, it means a pad needs to be replaced.

Grinding Sound

If you don’t do anything about that squealing, eventually you will probably hear grinding. This is much more serious, as it could indicate that a pad has worn through and completely and now the caliber and rotor are rubbing against one another.

Soft Pedal

The brake pedal should be firm, so if it feels soft or sponge-like, this is a big problem. The culprit could be a brake line leak, which needs to be addressed immediately.

Schedule Jeep Brake Service Today

If you’d like the brakes in your Jeep to be inspected, make an appointment with the service center at Jake Sweeney Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.