How Long Do Brake Pads Last

Wondering when you’ll next need to get your car’s brake pads replaced? If it’s been a while since your last service, you’ll want to be sure you understand how your brake pads work and how long you can expect them to last. The wear and tear on the pads depends mostly on your own driving habits, but there’s still some basic rules as to how long brake pads last.

Our team at Station Chrysler Jeep is here to help you understand your brake pads and how long they’ll last for your trips around Mansfield, Attleboro, and Norton.

How Do Brake Pads Work?

Brake pads press against your wheels’ spinning rotors to produce friction and bring the car to a halt. This intense friction is effective in stopping the vehicle, but it also produces high heat levels and lots of wear and tear on the pads. That’s why they need to be replaced occasionally, so you can rely on its ability to slow and stop easily for safe drives.

How Long Do Brake Pads Last on Average?

Brake pads last from 30,000 to 60,000 miles on average. This number depends upon how you use your car and where you drive. For example, driving anywhere where you use the brakes a lot, such as in the city and in stop-and-go traffic, will cause the brakes to wear faster due to lots of use. If you spend a lot of time driving along open highways without slowing, your brake pads can last a lot longer.

Additionally, your personal driving style can have an impact on the brake pads. If you tend to slam on the brakes to come to a quick stop, you’ll likely wear down your brake pads quickly and need to get them replaced more often.

Can I Make My Brake Pads Last Longer?

Yes! There’s a few ways you can adjust your driving style to reduce wear and tear on the braking system and make the pads last longer.

  • Come to a slow, gentle stop when coming down from high speeds. Eliminating abrupt stopping as much as possible can help extend the brake pads’ longevity.
  • Leave a generous following distance from other cars on the road, so you won’t have to slam on the brakes when they do.
  • Keep cargo weight low, as heavy cargo puts more pressure on the brakes.
  • Don’t use your left foot on the brake pedal. Drivers who use both feet to drive and much more likely to use the brakes more often, which puts unnecessary wear on the braking system.

Get Your Brakes Serviced

Need a brake pad replacement or other vehicle services of any kind? Contact the service center at Station Chrysler Jeep and make an appointment with our team of dedicated auto technicians, and feel free to ask any questions that you may have about your car. They’ll get your car back in great condition for many more future drives around Mansfield, Attleboro, and Norton. We can’t wait to help you get your car in safe, like-new condition!