How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

If you're like most drivers, you probably don't think much about your brake pads. After all, your vehicle gets you where you're going and stops when you need it to, so worrying about your brakes is probably not at the top of your list. But, worry aside, knowing how often your brake pads should be replaced can save you money in the long run.

Cause and Effect

When you apply the brake pedal, the brake pads contract against the brake rotors with a high degree of heat and force. That causes high-intensity friction, and the brake pads absorb a great amount of the force, which brings the vehicle to a complete stop. When this is continually repeated, the brake pads eventually wear down to an insufficient level. Think of brake pads like the soles of your shoes. Over time, the soles get worn down so low that buying a new pair of shoes becomes necessary.

Warning Signs

A brake inspection should occur every 12,000 miles. That is the most proactive way to ensure that your brake pads do not wear down too low and become unsafe. However, there are warning signs you should be aware of that may mean it's time to have your brake pads replaced sooner than the recommended timeframe.

The most common warning signs include:

  • Your brakes are squeaking when applying the brake pedal.

  • There are grinding sounds coming from the brakes.

  • Seeing brake fluid underneath your vehicle when it's parked.

Choosing to ignore any of those signs could cause more costly damages.

Driving Habits and Environment

Depending on how much you drive, it can make a difference in how long your brake pads last. On average, brake pads should be replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. However, if you drive on the highway more often and less in the city, your brake pads may last slightly longer. Because of the typical stop-and-go traffic and frequent traffic lights, driving in the city causes brake pads to wear down quicker. Other factors are aggressive driving, constantly slamming on the brakes, and the quality of the brake pads.

If you need brake repairs or a brake inspection, don't delay. Please accept our invitation to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!