How Long do Brake Pads Last?

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The answer to the question “How long do brake pads last?” is that they last approximately 50,000 miles, but that number can vary depending on many factors.

To help drivers in the Rockwall, Terrell, Rowlett, and Wylie, areas understand how frequently they should change their brake pads and what can affect how long brake pads last, our team at Rockwall CDJR put together this quick guide.

When to Change Your Brake Pads

While high-quality brake pads are designed to last upwards of 50,000 miles (roughly two to three years for the average driver), it’s important to have your brakes checked with every oil change, just to be safe.

Since you should schedule a routine oil change every 7,500 to 10,000 miles, checking your brakes at this time will ensure that they’re being looked over by a service technician at least once a year.

Signs You Need New Brake Pads

new brake padsIn addition to checking your brake pads regularly, you can also pay attention to signs from your car that they may be due for a replacement. These signs include:

  • Brake squeaking when not applying the brakes
  • A constant clicking noise
  • Longer brake times or brake fade
  • Pulling slightly to one side when braking
  • Brake pedal vibrations when pressed

While these clues are helpful, we don’t recommend relying on them to tell you when your car’s due for service. The truth is, if you’re noticing any of the symptoms above, you may be overdue. Avoid driving and schedule service with a certified dealership as soon as possible.

What Affects How Long Brake Pads Last?

tire in snowAs we’ve mentioned before, your frequency of brake pad replacement can depend on several behavioral and environmental factors. Some of these factors may include:

  • Location

If you live or work in an area that requires frequent braking during your daily drives, you may have to replace your brake pads more frequently. This includes frequent city or heavy-traffic driving, where you may experience a high volume of stop-and-go traffic.

If you live in a hilly area, you may also use your brakes more frequently to slow you down on a descent. If your model has Hill Descent Control, we recommend using this when you can to avoid excessive braking.

  • Towing

If you drive a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram vehicle, you might be someone who likes a hefty towing capability. Keep in mind, however, that frequent towing can cause your brake pads to wear down faster since braking with a trailer takes much more energy.

  • Driving Technique

Keep an eye on your driving technique. Waiting until the last minute to brake can wear down your brake pads. Instead, try to ease to a stop by obeying traffic signs and giving yourself plenty of time to slow down.

  • Brake Pad Material

Certain brake pad materials wear down faster than others. We recommend harder brake pad compounds since softer compounds may wear down more quickly during high-speed or aggressive driving.

Where Can I Get My Brake Pads Replaced?

If you’re due for a brake pad replacement, come to the Rockwall CDJR Service Center. Our team can inspect your braking system and give you more tips on how long brake pads last and how to get the most out of your new set around the Rockwall, Terrell, Rowlett, and Wylie areas.

Contact us to schedule service today!


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