How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

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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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Eladio

8 years of experience
128 reviews
Eladio
8 years of experience
Honda Civic - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Greensboro, North Carolina
Eladio arrived at the scheduled time and was great to work with. He was very professional and I am very satisfied with his work. This was my first time using YourMechanic and I am very pleased with how easy and convenient this service has been from start to finish. Definitely would recommend.
Nissan Altima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Greensboro, North Carolina
Eladio was on time, expedient, and very professional. Very pleased with provided service (brake shoes replacement).

Chris

13 years of experience
107 reviews
Chris
13 years of experience
Hyundai Sonata - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Port Richey, Florida
CHRIS IS THE BEST MECHANIC I HAVE EVER MEET IN MY LIFE. HE IS HONEST AND HE KNOWS HIS STUFF. VERY PROFESSIONAL AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. THANK YOU CHRIS!!!

Pardeep

19 years of experience
587 reviews
Pardeep
19 years of experience
Dodge Caravan - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Fremont, California
Pradeep was early to my appointment and during his work he showed me that I didn’t need rear brake shoes saving me money.He cleaned and serviced the existing shoes and he also adjusted my parking brake cable. Great job. I will always use Your mechanic for any car repairs.

Oreste

12 years of experience
117 reviews
Oreste
12 years of experience
Dodge Avenger - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Miami, Florida
Orestes is very professional. He explained what was done to my vehicle and suggested upcoming maintenance needed. Great person

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