How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

As you make your daily commutes from Duluth to Lawrenceville, you will eventually need to know: how many miles do brakes last? If you’ve racked up 25,000 miles yet, you may be nearing brake replacement. Or, if you rarely drive your vehicle and you’re very easy on the brakes, you might not need new brakes until around 65,000 miles! Why such a large interval? Every car owner in Suwanee employs different driving techniques and encounters different conditions, so the answer to “how long do car brakes last?” can vary wildly. Learn more with the service pros at Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Duluth!

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

As we’ve discussed, car brakes typically last anywhere from 25,000 to 65,000 miles, though some sets of brake pads might even make it up to 80,000 miles before replacement is required. To help you pinpoint an expected mileage figure and ensure you’re servicing your brakes at the proper intervals, check your owner’s manual for model-specific information.

You could also ask the service techs at an OEM-certified service center. The next time you’re in for routine maintenance, you can ask them to give you an estimate. They’ll be knowledgeable on the ins and outs of your vehicle and its performance, and can even use special torque calculations to tell you a ballpark figure of when to expect brake replacement. Better yet, when you rely on an OEM service provider for the actual brake replacement, you can rest assured they’re using genuine OEM parts!

Why Does Brake Pad Life Vary So Widely?

The good news about brake pad life is that it is partially dependent on your individual driving habits, which you can easily change if need be. Review the factors below to learn more:

  • Driving Style: Pressing down hard on the brakes is a habit that should be broken. Instead, coast to a stop every time to go easy on the brakes and help them last as long as possible.
  • Environment: Where do you do most of your driving? If it’s in city traffic with lots of stop-and-go and traffic lights, the frequent braking is going to take a greater toll on your brake system. Conversely, driving on the highway usually means braking less, leading to longer brake life.
  • Brake Pad Material: If you’re unsure what material your brake pads are made of, you might find more information in your owner’s manual. Metallic pads are standard on most vehicles, but there are also carbon-ceramic pads on the market. The latter option lasts longer but is usually more expensive.

For Brake Service You Can Trust, Turn to Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Duluth

If you’d like to have a brake inspection or you suspect your car is overdue for new brake pads, schedule service with us near Johns Creek. Our technicians will assess your brakes and advise you on what to do next, all while providing great service prices. With any questions beforehand, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or calls us at .

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