How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

Mechanic Adjusting Brake Pad

Do you know how long brake pads last? Many Eagan drivers don’t, but this is knowledge that can be crucial for your safety on the road. The service center at Mauer Chevrolet can take a look at your brake pads and let you know if it’s time for a replacement, or when you should come back to have them replaced. In the meantime, you can learn the answer to “How long do brake pads last?” in the guide below.

 

How Long Should Brake Pads Last for the Average Driver?

The average driver in Woodbury should get 20,000 miles of use from their brake pads on the lower end of the spectrum, or up to 75,000 miles on the higher end. Why such a dramatic range? Because brake pads are not all made the same; some wear out faster than others, and the rate of wear can be different for each make and model, as well. Ahead, we’ll look a little closer at the factors that affect brake wear.

What Causes Brake Pad Wear?

The brake pads are the components in your car’s brake system that make direct contact with the brake rotors, resulting in friction that slows your vehicle down when you press the brake pedal. Brake pads can only withstand a certain amount of heat and friction, which means that the same friction that helps slow your vehicle down is what eventually causes the brake pads to wear out completely.

You can’t avoid using your brakes, so your brake pads are going to wear out eventually. But, there are certain factors that are within your control that can help you get more mileage out of the brake pads before you have to replace them. Besides normal use, here are the factors that impact how long brake pads last:

  • Driving/braking habits (braking at the last minute vs. braking gradually)
  • Type of brake pad (brake pad material)
  • Manual vs. automatic transmission
  • Local driving environment
  • Condition of other brake components

How Long Do Ceramic Brake Pads Last?

Ceramic brake pads will last longer than any other type of brake pad. This is because ceramic brake pads are harder than metallic brake pads and are therefore more resilient. If you want your brake pads to last up to 75,000 miles, ceramic brake pads are the way to go. Keep in mind, ceramic brake pads cost more due to their superior properties and longer life.

Schedule Brake Service in Inver Grove Heights

Are you worried about your brake pads? The service pros at Mauer Chevrolet can help! Schedule an appointment and look for brake pad specials in our service and parts offers. Our top priority is to help you drive safer on the St. Paul roads.

 

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