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How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

If you’ve been driving your vehicle long enough in Birmingham, you may be at the point where you’re wondering, how long do car brakes last? On average, car brakes’ lifespan should be around 25,000 to 65,000 miles, but the actual number will vary from driver-to-driver based on their individual driving habits, driving conditions, and the type of brake pads their vehicle utilizes. Keeping all of these facts in mind, the service team from Hendrick Chevrolet Hoover has crafted a quick guide to consult for everything you need to know about brake life and the affecting factors!

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

As we’ve noted, brake life ranges from 25,000 to 65,000 miles for the average Vestavia Hills driver. That’s a pretty wide range! This is because it’s nearly impossible to give an exact number for when to change brake pads. In fact, some may even last over 80,000 miles. The best thing you can do is check your owner’s manual for model-specific guidance, as some service intervals will include brake pad inspection and possibly a recommendation for when to replace the brakes.

When you rely on an OEM-authorized service department for service and maintenance, the factory-trained technicians who know all the ins and outs of your vehicle can more accurately estimate when you’ll need your brakes replaced. They’ll take torque calculations, performance specs, and more into account. Not to mention, when you do have the brakes replaced, an OEM-certified technician will use genuine OEM parts for a true job done right.

What Factors Affect Brake Pad Life?

Like many components of your vehicle, your driving habits and the typical driving conditions you encounter in Bessemer can be one of the greatest affecting factors on your brake pad life:

  • Driving Habits: Ever been accused of having a lead foot? Even though it’s said jokingly, you might want to take heed of the accusation. Hitting the brakes too hard instead of coasting to a stop is a sure way to wear out your brake pads prematurely.
  • Environment: Do you drive in city traffic or on the highway most often? More traffic usually means more lights and stop signs, so you’re going to be braking more often. Taking the highway usually means you’ll use the brakes less frequently.
  • Brake Pad Material: Carbon-ceramic pads last longer than standard metallic pads, but they tend to be more expensive. Unsure what type of brake pads your car is equipped with? You might find this information in your owner’s manual.

Schedule Brake Service at Hendrick Chevrolet Hoover

Searching for brake service you can trust in Hoover? Schedule an appointment with the service pros at Hendrick Chevrolet Hoover! We’ll inspect your brakes and if it’s time for new brake pads, we’ll get the job done right and in a timely manner. With any additional questions or to learn more about our service and parts specials, please contact us online or call us directly at 205-383-1619.

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Hendrick Chevrolet Hoover 33.395280, -86.806450.