Driving through Kansas City, your Honda Civic’s brakes squeal every time you come to a stop sign. Or slowing down on the freeway, your Honda Odyssey’s steering wheel shakes violently like it’s trying to escape your grip. It might be when you’re attempting to come to a stop with your Honda Ridgeline with a boat in tow, and you’re not sure you’ll make the stop. Do your Honda brakes need to be changed?
There’s a possibility that your brakes need to be replaced, but it could be something minor also. Here are a few things that could be going on:
- You might need tire balancing. Sometimes a steering wheel vibration is due to a wheel out of balance, not your brakes.
- Brake squeal could be because of dirt or water on your brake pads, not because they are worn out.
- Brake fade may be due to brake fluid contamination. While it’s a serious concern, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need new brake pads.
How do You Know if You Need New Honda Brakes?
All of the symptoms you’ve read about already need to be diagnosed. While it could be a brake issue, it could also be something altogether different.
The fact is that Honda brakes last a different length of time for different drivers. If you drive on the highway mostly and don’t need to brake very often, your Honda brakes are going to last a long time. If you drive in the city, the stop-and-go braking means your brake pads wear out thousands of miles sooner. And how you brake affects their life expectancy also.
Typically, Honda brakes will last between 25,000 miles and 60,000 miles, depending on your usage.
If you have symptoms that lead you to think you might need new brakes, don’t chance it. Have Jay Wolfe Honda inspect your vehicle and recommend the proper repair. Whether it’s your brakes or not, it’s best to be safe when it comes to Honda repairs.