How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

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No safety system on your vehicle works harder than your brakes, but how long do brake pads last with daily driving in Marrero? Brake pads can last anywhere from 25,000 to 65,000 miles. Your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram requires regular maintenance checks and service to keep them working like they should. Below, the maintenance experts at Ray Brandt Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram discuss the many factors that affect the life of your brakes. New Orleans and Gretna drivers can also stop by our service center for more info about warning signs of worn-out brake pads.

What Do Brake Pads Do?

Brake pads are just one part of your car’s disc brake system. When you press the brake pedal, the brake pads clamp down on both sides of the brake discs, which spin along with the wheels as you drive. The resulting friction slows the wheel speed and then stops the vehicle. Over time, that friction causes your brake pads to wear down.

Your car has two different sets of brakes: brake pads and discs in front, and rear brake drums and shoes. For your car to have full braking power, both sets need to work properly. How long do rear brakes last compared to front brakes? Brake shoes are designed to last about 35,000 miles, but can wear slower or faster depending on the thickness of the brake shoes, your driving and braking habits, or damage to other brake system parts.

Brake pads visible with a wheel

How to Know It’s Time to Change Brake Pads

If you’ve noticed any of the following signs of brake wear as you drive through New Orleans, don’t hesitate to bring your car in for a maintenance check or schedule a brake replacement. Aside from a loss of braking power, letting the brake pads wear down to their metal backing can result in serious damage to the entire braking system. Your car’s brakes are likely wearing down if:

  • Your vehicle doesn’t come to a stop as quickly as it used to.
  • You hear a grinding, scraping, or squealing noise when you press the brake pedal.
  • Your brakes feel as though they’re vibrating or shaking when you use them.
  • Your vehicle is pulling to one side as you drive, which could mean you need to replace another part in your brake system — the brake caliper. Watch out for other bad brake caliper symptoms like a squealing or metallic rubbing noise, uneven brake pad wear, leaking brake fluid, and a clunking sound.

That high-pitched squeal is actually your car’s built-in warning system, reminding you it’s time to replace the brakes. It’s still safe to drive if your brakes are squealing, but you should schedule service ASAP. A grinding sound indicates that the brake pads have worn all the way to the metal tab under the pad and the car shouldn’t be driven.

Help Your Brakes Last Longer

Considering the 40,000-mile range when it comes to average brake life, how long will brake pads last on your Gretna drives? That depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • Driving Habits: Braking more often than necessary can contribute to faster brake wear because the brake rotors and pads wear each time your foot touches the brake pedal. Coasting whenever possible can reduce brake wear and help your brakes last longer.
  • Stopping Habits: Remember the emphasis on smooth stops in your driving lessons? Gradual stops aren’t just for safety. Abrupt stops cause your brakes a lot more stress and wear than slow stops..
  • Brake Quality: The quality of your brakes or brake system parts can also affect your mileage. If you replace a part with aftermarket version, be sure to research and choose carefully, because non-manufacturer parts come at a wide range of quality levels. Original manufacturer (OEM) parts tend to cost more, but genuine parts guarantee you factory-level quality — and a perfect fit.

Complete CDJR Safety Checks and Service in Harvey 

At Ray Brandt Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we’re proud to serve the greater Harvey area with high-quality service at a fair price, and we always offer coupons and special rates. When you choose us for service, your car will receive attention from mechanics specially trained to work on Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram models. Every part you order through us is a genuine manufacturer OEM part. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about replacing your brake pads and other car care topics, like tire life and oil change frequency.

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