Do-It-Yourself: Changing Brake Pads and Rotors in Fall River

Do-It-Yourself: Changing Brake Pads and Rotors in Fall River

So it’s that time again. Time to get your brake pads and rotors replaced. Time to spend a lot of money and feel like you really didn’t get anything out of it because you’re just going to have to do it again. The truth is that brake pads don’t last very long, especially the front pads. The front pads do most of the stopping for your vehicle. Depending on the way that you drive, the design of your vehicle, and the pads you used when they were changed the last time, your front brakes will only last you between 20,000 and 35,000 miles. So if you do a lot of stop-go city driving, you will be on the lower end of the spectrum, but if you do a lot of highway driving, you might get upwards of 35,000 miles before you hear that telltale sound.

Brake Pads & Rotors
A lot of people think that when they replace the brake pads that they always have to replace the rotors. The truth is that there are rotor turning services available at professional places, such as LaCava Auto Parts in Fall River, that have the ability to resurface the rotors and save you a bit of money on your repairs. Not all rotors are candidates, so you might still have to upgrade the rotors when you install new brake pads, but it is worth a try. You can bring your vehicle to our Fall River auto parts and services center on Bedford Street and have our technicians take a look.

You can also purchase all of the brake pads, parts, and tools that you will need to do your own brake work at LaCava Auto Parts. If you aren’t sure what you need or where to get started, our customer service team can help you get all of the materials that you need to install new brake pads and get the job done right.

New pads and rotors can cost you between $245 to upwards of $430, depending on where you go. Exotic vehicles will definitely cost you a bit more, while hybrid cars will require brake changes less frequently, as the electric motor does a lot of the stopping. You can purchase the pads and rotors through our Fall River auto parts and services store to save considerably on the parts, cutting the overall cost for the job to install new brake pads and rotors by a good percentage. Come by or give us a call to get a quote on the cost for purchasing brake pads and rotors or rotor turning services for your specific make, model, and year of vehicle.

How to Know When to Do Repairs
Each and every person has heard that one vehicle that came screeching down the street due to worn out brake pads. You can almost hear the damage being done to the rotors as the vehicle owner continues to neglect getting the work done. If they would just do it early on, they could save themselves a lot of money by using rotor turning services when they install new brake pads. In addition, neglecting the repair and replacement of brake pads and rotors can be a serious safety risk.

Some things to look for that indicate work is required include:

  • squeaking or grinding noise when you step on the brakes
  • brake system warning light
  • low brake fluid
  • high pitched chirping noise when the vehicle is moving without brakes applied

You can also inspect your vehicle once you hit the 20,000-mile mark to check on your pads and rotors. Some vehicle owners will do this whenever they rotate their tires, which should be done every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If you have never done this before, you can ask a professional to show you what to look for when you get your tires rotated at a service center or you can look for videos online to see what the brake pads and rotors should look like on your vehicle. Then you can take advantage of being able to install new brake pads before any damage is done and use rotor turning services at LaCava Auto Parts instead of replacing them.

Visit LaCava Brothers in Fall River
If you are in need of local Fall River auto parts and services, look no further than LaCava Auto Parts. We have a wide range of auto parts, supplies, tools, and accessories that will help you to get the job done right. LaCava Brothers has been serving the Greater Fall River area for over 70 years. You can count on our knowledge and experience with automotive parts and services for your next repair or project. Give us a call at 508-676-1951 or stop by our location on Bedford Street in Fall River, Massachusetts.

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