How Long to Change Brake Pads
Brake pads are a critical component of a vehicle’s braking system, converting energy into heat and friction to help slow or stop the vehicle. They’re designed to wear down over time and are made up of two major parts, both made with metal:
- The backing plate is the more durable component, which supports the brake pad and provides stability for it.
- The friction material is what generates friction when your brakes are applied. It sits on top of the backing plate and attaches to it through rivets or adhesive.
Brake pads can last between 25,000 and 65,000 miles.
The one thing that drives every car owner to distraction is the fact that your brake pads will only last between 25,000 and 65,000 miles. The truth is, there’s no way of knowing exactly how many miles they will last. That’s because brake pads are designed with a lifespan in mind, rather than an exact number of miles.
So what does this mean for you? Basically, if you drive a car with brakes made by Goodyear or some other manufacturer (which guarantees the life of your brake pads), then it’s safe to say that your pad should be replaced every 25 years or so. But even though there may be some general guidelines to follow with regard to replacement time frames, they’re not foolproof. The type of driving you do can have a huge impact on how long you can go between brake pad changes—and it’s definitely worth finding out exactly which is right for you.
For example, if you drive a lot of city traffic where parking lots are hard on brakes and where braking is done hard and frequently then it’s worthwhile replacing your brake pads more often than average. Conversely if you drive less than 10,000 miles per year or off-road regularly (where the pounding on brakes isn’t quite as bad) then there’s no real need to change those pads more frequently than once every two years…
You can estimate when your brake pads need replacing.
There’s a simple science to finding out when your brake pads need replacing.
Set the parking brake and put your foot on the brake pedal to check how much pressure you need to feel it vibrate. Note how much rubber is worn away; if more than half of it is gone, its time to replace the pads.
There are other brakes that will wear faster, but they’re more expensive and not as common as those on most cars. This information can be found in a variety of resources including car manuals, websites, and even email newsletters from auto dealerships.
The brake pedal will feel different when the pad is worn out.
When the brake pads become worn out, you’ll notice a change in how the brake pedal feels. You might have to press down on it further than usual or you might notice that it feels like your car is moving faster than normal.
There are also visual cues that can tell you if your brakes need replacement as well. One of these is brake dust on your wheels.
Brakes may make noises when the pads are worn out.
If you are experiencing any of the above noises, it is important that you take your vehicle to a professional as soon as possible. Ignoring the symptoms could lead to further damage, including damaged rotors and calipers. Taking care of these issues may also prevent an accident from occurring because your brakes will not function properly if they are worn out.
A mechanic can inspect your brakes and determine whether or not it is time for new ones.
Is it possible for a brake pad to last past its intended life?
It is possible to push your brake pads past their intended life, but it’s a bad idea. When you let your pads wear down, they can start to damage the rotors. This ultimately means you could be replacing more than just the brake pads. Also, worn brake pads don’t offer as much protection as new ones and can fail without warning, increasing the risk of an accident. You should replace your brake pads at the first sign of wear, or when they start to make noise. This can prevent further damage and keep you safe on the road.
How much does it cost to replace brake pads?
You can expect to spend anywhere from $50-$100 for new brake pads. Some of the best brands sell pads for less than $40 a set. However, you’ll need to factor in labor costs if you plan on having a professional replace them. Labor costs will vary greatly depending on your mechanic.
Brake pads are one of the most inexpensive parts of your braking system, but they provide incredibly valuable service over the years. Replacing them when needed is essential to keep your brakes working properly and safely.
Brake pads need replacing regularly.
- Brake pads need to be replaced regularly. In general, you should expect that brake pads will need replacing anywhere between 25,000 and 50,000 miles of driving. However, even more frequently than replacing brake pads is that you should know when your brakes need to be repaired or serviced.
- Brake pad wear can be estimated based on your own observation of the way your car drives. If you notice that your vehicle has a different feel when you press the brake pedal, this could mean that brake pad wear is happening—and it’s time to have them checked by a mechanic. Additionally, if you hear a squealing or grating sounds while driving—especially while slowing down—this is an indication of worn-out brake pads.