Although your primary expectation of your Honda is to "go," its ability to stop in time is even more vital. A poorly function brake system is hazardous to you and others on the road and can significantly affect your confidence behind the wheel. So, proper brake care is a crucial aspect of vehicle maintenance. And preventative maintenance can help mitigate problems before they occur.

How do I know when to service or replace my brakes?

The most obvious symptoms of poor braking performance are unsettling noises like squealing or grinding. However, there are a few other indicators to be aware of so that you can address an issue before it becomes hazardous. Examples include:

  • Excessive steering wheel vibration
  • Unusually stiff or spongy brake pedal feel
  • ABS warning light illumination
  • Pulling to one side
  • Strong acrid or burning odor

Brake pad lifespan can vary widely—from 30,000 to 70,000 miles depending on the operating conditions and driving style. But there's no defined limit, so it's important to have your brakes checked regularly. Honda recommends that brake pads be inspected once a year or every 15,000 miles, whichever comes first, and replaced when they wear past a certain point. Brake fluid should be checked and topped off at the same interval and fully replaced after three years or 45,000 miles. Rotors usually outlast the pads but should be checked regularly to ensure even wear.

How long does brake service take?

The time needed to inspect and service your vehicle's braking system depends on the required work. A standard brake inspection can be performed in as little as 30 minutes, while a simple brake pad replacement can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. If the brake system is in bad shape or parts need to be ordered, service can take longer.

Schedule Honda brake service near Dedham, Everett, and Hyde Park

Get in touch with Prime Honda – Boston today for more information about brake service and the recommended maintenance for your particular Honda model. And if it's time for a brake checkup, you can schedule a service appointment conveniently here on our website. We're looking forward to serving you.

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