How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

How long can brake pads last?

Brake pads last from 25,000 miles to 70,000 miles depending on their design and material.

Brake pads are part of the braking system of every vehicle. Designed to handle high friction, when the driver presses the brake pedal, the brake pads press into the rotors, slowing the wheels to stop the vehicle.

The biggest contributing factor to a brake pad’s lifespan is the type of material used. Here are some things to know about the wearing of brake pads:

  • Ceramic brake pads are lightweight and wear well, but are quite expensive.

  • Metallic brake pads are much more cost effective, though they are heavier and can have an adverse effect on fuel economy.

  • External factors may shorten the expected lifespan of a set of brake pads. Some drivers apply heavier pressure to the brakes or use them more often than is necessary. If brakes are bedded incorrectly, they will not last as long.

If you find that stopping takes longer, it can be a signal that it's time to have the brake pads replaced, even if it is before the end of the expected lifespan. Some brakes come with an electric sensor of soft metal tab embedded in the brake pad material that emits a warning light when the pad begins to wear. Squeaking brakes may also be a symptom of worn brake pads, although this can indicate other issues as well. It is important that a licensed mechanic evaluate brake problems and make the correct diagnosis. Brake pads should always be replaced in pairs.


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Angel was on time and very professional. He knew a lot about my car and actually noticed something important that needed to be fixed. I would recommend him to my family and friends.
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Audi A6 Quattro L4-2.0L Turbo - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Short Hills, New Jersey
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Mercedes-Benz ML320 V6-3.2L - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Portland, Oregon
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