How Long Do Brake Pads Last?
As you drive around the streets of D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg, you rely heavily on your brakes. A crucial part to your overall safety, the braking system over time experiences wear to its various parts. When this happens, those brake parts will need to be replaced to ensure you can slow down and stop quickly.
One of these vital parts to your braking system is your brake pads. And at Pat Peck Kia, we wanted to share with you just how long your brake pads last, so you can know when it’s time to have your pads changed.
When Do I Need to Replace My Brake Pads?
Every time you step on the brakes, the brake pads are being pushed against the rotor to create friction that will slow your vehicle down to an eventual stop. And due to that friction and heat generated when the pads and rotors contact one another, you’ll need to replace the pads periodically.
But just how long do brake pads last? It is advised that you replace your brake pads every 30,000-70,000 miles. To see where in that range you’ll want to change your brake pads, keep reading to learn more about the different factors that determine when exactly your pads are due for a change.
Factors that Determine How Long Your Brake Pads Last
First off, you’ll want to know what kind of brake pads your vehicle uses. There are a few different materials the brake pads in your vehicle can be made out of. Depending on the type of brake pads your car has, you may need to have them changed toward the beginning of that range or later on.
Also, a big deciding factor in how much wear your brake pads experience is your driving lifestyle. If you tend to drive at faster speeds on the open highway, your braking will need more friction and time to slow your vehicle down thus causing more wear to the pads.
Even carrying more weight can impact the wear on the brake pads. If you have passengers or load your car with cargo often, you may need to have your pads replaced more frequently.
Proactive Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Brake Pads
There are steps you can take to make sure your pads are safe to drive with and have them replaced before more complex repairs are required.
First, it’s good to look in your owner’s manual and see what the recommended mileage interval is to have your brake pads inspected and/or replaced.
You should also have your car regularly serviced, so a professional technician can inspect all the parts of the braking system to make sure they’re in working order. Looking at the condition of these other components and checking to see the brake fluid levels can help you get more miles out of your brake pads.
Schedule Your Routine Service with Us Today!
Is it time to have your brake pads replaced? Then schedule an appointment with us at Pat Peck Kia today and our trained technicians will replace your worn brake pads with new, high-quality pads and get you back out to navigating the roads of D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg smoothly and safely.