How Long do Brake Pads Last?
Brake pads are associated with the disc braking system. When the wheels of the vehicle are spinning, the brake rotors are spinning too. If you want to slow them down, you step on the brake pedal which causes the brake pads to rub up against the spinning brake rotors. Every time you step on the brake pedal to perform this action, the brake pads become a little bit worn down. Eventually, the brake pads become so worn down that their friction material is no longer there. This creates heat and damage to the rotors if the brake pads are not replaced soon.
There are a lot of factors which determine how long brake pads last. For instance, how often do you slam on the brake pedal to slow down? Do you regularly drive in stop and go traffic, such as city driving? These things can make a huge difference as to how long your brake pads last. People who do a lot of interstate driving where they don’t brake so much will have longer lasting brake pads.
On average, your brake pads should last you anywhere from 25,000 to 65,000 miles. Again, this is a rough estimate which is influenced by how often you brake when you drive. The 25,000-mile estimate is more realistic for drivers who take a lot of short trips around town every day. The 65,000-mile estimate is more likely for drivers who commute to work for over 30 minutes per day.
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Some brake pads are stronger than others. You can also factor in the type of brake pads you have and the make and model of your vehicle too. But overall, consider the following factors very carefully if you want your brake pads to last a long time:
1) Riding the Brake – A lot of drivers like to ride the brake when they’re driving. This is where you accelerate really fast and then gradually apply pressure to the brake pedal to maintain a more stable speed. This can really wear out your brake pads quickly. Instead, you should try riding the gas pedal by starting out slow and gradually pumping the pedal to accelerate a little bit faster. Then when you slow down naturally, accelerate again. This will save your brake pads from unnecessary wear and tear.
2) Heavy Load – Do you carry a heavy load in your vehicle? The more weight you add to your car, the more wear you’re adding to your brake pads. After all, it takes a lot more force to slow down a heavier vehicle. This means your brake pads are working harder to slow the vehicle down when it’s heavy. Therefore, take all your possessions and items out of the trunk and backseat. Free up as much space as possible.
3) Applying the Brake Prematurely – When you see a red light or stop sign in the distance, your natural reaction may be to start applying the brake pedal early. However, consider simply taking your foot off the gas pedal and letting the vehicle slow down naturally on its own. This is called “engine braking.” Your vehicle will slow down if you don’t accelerate it. As you get closer to the stop light or stop sign, you can apply the brake as needed in order to stop.
4) Driving Fast – When you drive fast, you’re forced to use more braking power to slow down. If you’re the type of person who likes to drive 10 or 20 miles per hour over the speed limit on every road, then consider following the speed limits for once. The slower you drive, the easier it is on your brake pads to slow the vehicle down.