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3 Mistakes That Wear Out Brake Pads Prematurely

It's important to ensure that your brakes remain in tip-top condition at all times in order to maintain safety when driving on the road. If it seems as if you're always at the mechanic having your brakes replaced, you may need to figure out why they're wearing out so frequently. There could be many reasons why this is happening. Check out these three mistakes you could be making that wear out brake pads faster than average.

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1. Failing to Flush Brake Fluid

Just like regular oil changes are necessary to keep your engine working optimally, brake fluid changes are important to brake life, although it's not necessary to change brake fluid as frequently. Brake fluid should be flushed every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. Failing to do so regularly can result in the formation of rust, corrosion, and more frequent brake failure.

2. Following Other Vehicles Too Closely

If you're in the habit of following other vehicles too closely, you never know when the person in front of you is going to stop suddenly or slow down. This can require you to frequently slam on your brakes in certain situations, which wears your pads and rotors more quickly.

3. Carrying Heavy Weight in Your Vehicle

One way to prevent premature wear of brakes is to refrain from carrying heavy items in your car. If you need to transport a heavy item, then drop the item off as soon as possible. Carrying excess weight in the vehicle places strain on your brakes, as they aren't as effective and you must apply heavier pressure for them to work.

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This isn't an exhaustive list of mistakes that wear out brake pads prematurely. Some additional mistakes include speeding, driving with calipers and rotors that need replacing, opting for low-quality pads and other brake parts, and more.

At Custom Complete Automotive, our certified mechanics provide quality brake repair and replacement services to keep your brakes in good shape and ensure a safer ride. To learn more about our brake repair and replacement services, or to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Missouri, contact us today!

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Eric Riddles

Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.

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