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How Long Will My Brake Pads Last?

The brake system in our vehicle is extremely important, because it allows us to safety slow down or stop on the road when needed. Although brake problems don’t occur all the time, it is still important to know when your brake pads may need to be replaced in order to maintain brake efficiency. 

The brake pads are the part in your brake system that helps to gently stop your tires from rotating when you step on the brake pedal. When you apply pressure on the brakes, the brake pads will press against the rotor to slow down or stop the wheels from moving. With worn down brake pads, metal to metal damage can occur to brake components. 

Most brake pads will last between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, with the average around 40,000 miles. However, how long your brake pads will last will also depend on how often you drive your vehicle and your driving habits. 

If your brake pads need to be replaced, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms: 

 

  • Brake pedal shakes when pressed
  • Lack of brake power
  • Screeching or squealing noise when braking
  • Vibrating

If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, you should have your vehicle’s brakes inspected as soon as possible. Driving on worn down brake pads can risk your safety and the overall health of your vehicle. 

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