test Brake Repair

Trust the professionals at Stephens Automotive Sales to repair your brakes in Des Moines, IA. How often do you need to replace your brakes?

The speed that your brakes wear out depends on your driving style, vehicle type, environment, and brake materials. A more aggressive driver who lives in the city will likely need to replace their brakes before a relaxed driver who spends most of their time driving on the highway. Brake pads can last anywhere between 25,000 and 70,000 miles. Typically, brake pads need replacing after about 50,000 miles.


Located in Des Moines, IA, Stephens Automotive Sales is happy to examine your brakes regularly to confirm that they are working well and will keep you safe.

Is it safe to drive with damaged brakes?

No, working brakes are needed to drive your car safely in all weather and road conditions. Your brakes are arguably the most important safety feature of your vehicle. They need to be in good, working condition to ensure the safety of passengers in your vehicle and vehicles around you.

Signs your brakes are wearing out:
  • High-pitched screeching sound when you brake – warning to get brake pads replaced
  • Loud grinding sound – rotors may need replaced
  • Outside brake pad is less than ¼ thick
  • Less responsive brakes
  • Brakes pull to one side – uneven wearing
  • Vibration while braking – rotors may be warped
  • Dashboard brake light is lit up

How do brakes work?

Your brake lines lead from the brake pedal to the brake pads/shoes. These brake pads press against the drums/discs to slow your vehicle down. When the brake pads press against the discs, resistance and friction work to stop your tires from moving. The regular friction and heat applied to brakes causes them to wear out over time and intense use.

We would love to help keep you safe on the road by inspecting your brakes and replacing any faulty parts. Stephens Automotive Sales proudly services the brakes of customers in Des Moines, IA and surrounding areas.

Service Department Hours
Monday 07:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Tuesday 07:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Wednesday 07:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday 07:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Friday 07:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Saturday Closed

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