How Long Do Break Pads Last

Your brakes are one of the most essential systems in your car! Therefore, it’s no wonder we get a lot of questions surrounding brakes and brake pads. We often get the popular question: How long do brake pads last? Brake pads generally last around 40,000 miles on average, while rotors can last three times as long.

To help answer all your brake related questions, Faulkner Honda breaks down the estimated lifespans for all your brake components right here in this convenient guide. Read on to learn more, and contact us with any questions!

How Often to Change Brake Pads

Brake pads are responsible for bringing your car to a stop when you press down on the brake pedal. The friction-conducive material on the brake pad rubs against the rotor, slowing the rotor, and then the wheels as a result. Over time, though, that material will wear down, leaving only the metal backing left.

Brake pads may last about 40,000 miles on average, but the range is quite expansive: Typically, it can be anywhere between 20,000 and 65,000 miles. Many factors affect the lifespan of your brake pads, from your driving habits to the type of brake pads you use. Drive slower, for example, and you’ll extend the life of your brake pads.

What Is the Average Lifespan of a Brake Rotor?

Rotors are the metal discs directly responsible for bringing your wheels to a halt. You’ll find them durable and long lasting, and they’ll typically outlive your brake pads. They may last three times as long as brake pads, and you can typically expect to replace them about one or two times during the lifespan of a modern car.

What causes rotors to need replacing? Over time, the heat generated by the pads and rotors coming into contact can cause the rotors to warp or glaze over, making them less effective. A certified technician may be able to resurface your rotors rather than fully replace them, extending their life even longer.

Warning Signs You Need New Brake Pads & Rotors

Your car will warn you in obvious ways when it’s time to replace your brake pads and/or rotors. If you notice any of these following signs, bring your car to a licensed technician ASAP to have the problem diagnosed:

  • Squeaking or squealing: This is a common sign that you need new brake pads. Many manufacturers put a steel spring near the base of the pads, causing it to squeal and alert you to when your pads are too worn.
  • Vibrating or wobbling: If you notice these sensations when you press down on the brake pedal, your rotors may be twisted or warped.
  • Visuals: You should be able to see the brake pads through the spokes in your wheels. If they appear to be less than ¼-inch thick, it’s time for some replacement brake pads.

Schedule Brake Repair with Us

Now that you know how long brakes last, you can schedule service long before you notice a loss in brake function. When you need brake repair, our team at the Faulkner Honda Service Center is happy to assist. Our experienced technicians will replace your brake pads, fluid, rotors, and more to ensure that you have a safe drive around Harrisburg, Hershey, and Mechanicsburg. Schedule your brake service today!