Nothing lasts forever. That particularly applies to things like car brakes. How do you know when it's time to replace your Volvo brakes? It’s actually relatively easy to figure out when the time for new brakes has rolled around.
Do I Need New Brakes?
You might need new brakes if you notice any of the following:
- steering wheel vibration
- your vehicle pulls to the side or juts forward
- weird smells
- grinding noise
Changing Your Brakes – How Often?
It is a decent rule of thumb, in more cases than not, to execute brake replacement every 50,000 miles or so. This refers to the pads of course. If you're doing regular commutes between San Antonio and Dallas, possibly more often. But if you don't drive all that much, you might even be able to extend that to 75,000-mile intervals before your brake pads need to be changed. If you drive around a big city every day, with all that stop and go traffic, you might even have to cut that back to 25,000-mile intervals for brake pad changes.
What Affects the Condition of My Volvo Brakes?
When it comes to the importance of individual car parts, brakes have to be somewhere near the top of the list – if not at the very top. Why is that? Well, you want to keep your brakes in perfect working condition to keep the rest of your car intact. Without good brakes, you may not be able to avoid a collision that would destroy part or all of your car. Not to mention, you're likely going to have a hefty medical bill tagged on to your ugly repair bill if you crash.
We discussed how often you should change your brakes, but in case it wasn't obvious, there are a number of factors that can influence how frequently brake changes are required. These consist, in part, of the following:
- The quality of your brake materials and brake pads.
- The performance profile of your vehicle.
- The environment in which you drive and keep your car.
- Whether or not you practice good driving habits.
Can I Change My Brakes by Myself?
There are pros and cons when it comes to replacing your Volvo brakes on your own. You at least have to have some type of do-it-yourself know-how, even with the best YouTube video at your side. You're also going to make sure that you have the correct tools before you get started.
Should you decide to do the work on your Volvo brakes on your own, before you begin, make sure that the issues you are having are actually related to your brakes. Before you go out and buy new parts, assure yourself that parts like rotors and pads actually need to be replaced. This is NOT something that you want to do on the cheap. Your brakes, as we mentioned earlier, are exceedingly important. Don't skimp when it comes to this part of being a responsible car owner!
When all else fails, if there is still a question in your mind as to whether or not replace your brakes, for assistance, you can contact your mechanic (or ask around to see if your friends know a reliable mechanic) or consult your owner's manual.