Average Lifespan of Car Brakes

Have you ever wondered how long it is your brakes will typically last you? While the answer isn’t always cut and dry, we do have a blog going over just that. Read on to learn more.

Car brakes are crucial to operating your vehicle safely. The lifespan of a vehicle’s braking system depends largely on the way the driver operates their vehicle. This includes how often the brakes are engaged as well as how much force the driver presses onto the brake pedal when braking. These two actions cause different parts of the brakes to wear out.

Brake Pads

Second to brake fluid, brake pads are usually in need of replacement more than other components of the braking system. The base average lifespan of new brake pads should be roughly 30,000 miles. However, if you are a careful driver, you may see your brake pads last twice as long. Contrastingly, if you don’t have a great track record for braking, you may be lucky to get 20,000 miles from your brake pads. Changing your braking habits today could definitely save you money in the long run! 

Indicator Strips

Indicator strips are the part of the brake pads that cause the loud, screeching sound that can be heard when your brakes are worn. As the brakes are used, the indicator strip wears down to expose a section of metal that makes contact with the brake rotor. This design is made to create a screeching sound without actually hurting the brake rotor. Overall it’s a great reminder to get your brakes looked at! This should be replaced when your brake pads are changed.

Brake Rotors

Brake rotors are attached to the wheel of your vehicle and aids in slowing it down when pressure is applied to your brake pedal. Defining the lifespan of brake rotors is difficult. However, a good rule of thumb is to get your rotors looked at the second or third time you replace your brake pads. Your mechanic may be able to shave them smooth again to get you a few extra miles.

Clamps and Lines

Typically speaking, the clamps and brake lines are made to last through the entirety of your vehicle’s life. Accidents and rough driving conditions can be the exception though. 

Please stay aware when something in your brake system isn’t quite right. Bad breaks can heighten the chances of an accident so be extra cautious. If you need your brakes looked at, don’t hesitate to swing on over for us to check them out. We want you to stay safe!

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