How Long Do Brake Pads Last?
Routine maintenance is the best way to keep your vehicle in top shape. Staying on top of it ensures that you’ll get great performance and stay safe behind the wheel. One of the most important systems to maintain are your brakes.
To slow down and stop safely, it’s important to know when these parts need maintenance. So, how long do brake pads last? Pat Peck Honda looks at when to get yours replaced to help drivers in Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi stop safely every time.
When to Get Your Brake Pads Replaced
A common answer that you’ll find is between 25,000 and 65,000 miles. The reason this is such a wide range is because brake pads aren’t the kind of part that you can assign a certain mileage or time to, such as an oil change.
How often you’ll need to get your brake pads replaced depends on how you drive. If you tend to drive fast, it’ll take more pressure from the brake pads to slow you down than it would for someone who usually drives at a slower speed.
There will be a recommended time to get them replaced in the maintenance schedule section of your owner’s manual, but this can change depending on how worn down they are. This is why service technicians usually give them a visual inspection every time you come in for maintenance or service.
How Do Brake Pads Work?
Brake pads and your brake system are all about using pressure and friction to safely slow your vehicle down and bring it to a complete stop.
When you press your foot down on the brake pedal, the amount of pressure you apply gets picked up by the master cylinder. It uses brake fluid to transfer that pressure through the brake lines and out to your wheels.
At the end of your brake lines, there’s a caliper that picks up the pressure, which is where you’ll find your brake pads. There’s one on each side of the caliper, hovering just above the rotors inside your wheels.
The pressure you originally applied to the brake pedal ends up here and is used to clamp down on the spinning rotors. The brake pads job is to create friction and slow the vehicle down.
Pressing against a rapidly spinning metal disc a few thousand times will wear these pads down-and that’s why you need to replace them after a while.
Signs You Need New Brake Pads
There’s a few ways to determine when it’s time for new brake pads. The first is to check your owner’s manual and see what the recommended maintenance schedule is.
The second is to visually inspect them. If they’re worn down and only a couple millimeters thick, it’s a good idea to have them replaced. A service technician will likely do this for you during other routine maintenance visits.
Luckily, one way to tell that it’s time for new brake pads is actually built into the brake pads themselves. Everyone knows the distinct sound of squeaky brakes. Sometimes, it comes and goes if your rotors have moisture on them, but if they’re consistently making that sounds, then it’s a maintenance reminder.
Many manufacturers have intelligently installed a tiny screw or spring in their brake pads that serves as an indicator. When the pad wears down to a certain point, this indicator will be constantly making this sound as it pushes up against the rotor.
So, while it can be loud and annoying, that unmistakable squeaking sound can actually be your best reminder to go get your brake pads replaced.
Brake Pad Replacement & Service
Drivers in Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi can turn to the service center at Pat Peck Honda for all their brake pad replacement and maintenance needs.
We have a team of expertly trained, knowledgeable technicians who can inspect your brakes, replace your pads, and refill your brake fluid. You can also feel confident that you’re getting the right brake pads for your car or SUV since we only use genuine manufacturer parts.
Contact us to learn more about how long brake pads last or schedule service online to get yours looked at and replaced.