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Everything you need to know about replacing your brakes

Knowing you can stop your car quickly and safely is key to having peace of mind behind the wheel. It’s no wonder that many drivers have no problem shelling out money to make sure that their brakes are in impeccable condition.

Brakes are incredibly important to safety, but unlike other safety mechanisms in your car, brakes have been largely unchanged by technology. In fact, they operate on a fairly simple premise. Understanding a bit about brakes will help you stay safe and avoid costly unnecessary repairs.

Brakes 101: Brakes are pretty impressive: they can completely stop a fast-moving, heavy car in just a few seconds. In order to understand your brake repair options, you need to have an idea of how brakes work.

Here’s a very basic overview: When you step on the brake pedal, you apply pressure to brake fluid in a master cylinder that is connected by brake lines to your front and rear brakes. That increased pressure causes the calipers to press the brake pads against the rotor on your wheel. This creates friction, slowing the wheel. The more you press, the more pressure is applied and the more friction is created, which causes you to stop faster.

All of this friction causes wear and tear on the parts, which is why brakes need to be replaced regularly. How often will depend on the type of driving you do (more city driving will mean replacing your brakes more often), but you can expect to replace them roughly every 50,000 miles.

Signs Your Brakes Need Attention: Luckily, it’s fairly easy to tell when your brakes need work. Here’s what to look for.

Brake Replacement Options: There are a few different options for brake repairs. Knowing which is best for you can save you money

Fixing your brakes can be intimidating because they’re so crucial to safety, but understanding the different repair options will leave you confident in your decision.