How Often Do I Need to Replace my Brake Pads?

The brakes of your vehicle are vital when it comes to your safety. They allow you to slow or stop on the road when you need to, which is so important to safe driving. Although brake issue don’t happen all the time, it is still important to know when your brake pads may need to be replaced in order to maintain brake efficiency. 

The brake pads are the part in your brake system that helps to gently stop your tires from rotating when you step on the brake pedal. When you apply pressure on the brakes, the brake pads will press against the rotor to slow down or stop the wheels from moving. With worn down brake pads, metal to metal damage can occur to brake components. 

Typically, brake pads will last anywhere between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, with the average around 40,000 miles. How long your brake pads last will also depend on the quality of the brake pads and your individual driving habits. If you are constantly slamming on your vehicle's brakes, you may find that they wear down quicker. 

Any of the following symptoms can indicate that you may need new brake pads: 

  • Brake pedal shakes when pressed
  • Lack of brake power
  • Screeching or squealing noise when braking
  • Vibrating

If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, don't ignore it. Any brake issues should be addressed as soon as possible Driving on worn down brake pads can risk your safety and the overall health of your vehicle. 

We invite you to bring your car into our shop here at 26th Street Auto Center at the first sign of an issue. We will take a look at your vehicle's brake pads to determine if they need to be replaced and will use high-quality parts to ensure the precision of our repairs.

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