BRAKE PADS ARE A RELATIVELY SMALL PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IN YOUR CAR, BUT THEY PLAY A BIG ROLE IN YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE. WITHOUT BRAKE PADS, BRAKES WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO BRING A CAR TO A STOP PROPERLY. THE STAFF AT IRA LEXUS OF DANVERS ENSURES YOUR DAY-TO-DAY DRIVES AROUND NORTH ANDOVER, PEABODY AND DANVERS ARE SAFE.
OF COURSE, YOU MIGHT ASK, “HOW LONG DO BRAKE PADS LAST?” THE ANSWER ALWAYS DEPENDS ON A FEW THINGS: DRIVING STYLE, THE QUALITY OF THE BRAKE PADS THEMSELVES, AND WHAT KIND OF DRIVING YOU DO, WHETHER IT’S STOP-AND-GO, HIGHWAY DRIVING OR A MIX OF BOTH. WE’VE PUT TOGETHER THIS GUIDE TO DISCUSS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BRAKE PADS.
HOW LONG SHOULD BRAKE PADS LAST?
Brake pads will wear differently on each car, and the material the brake pads are made of certainly plays a role. Brake pads may be organic, ceramic or semi-metallic, which factors into how long they last. If you do a lot of stop-and-go driving, that can wear brake pads down faster, while highway driving can make them last longer.
In general, brake pads last around 30,000-40,000 miles. If you do lots of highway driving, brake pads may last up to 60,000 miles, though it’s a good idea to have them inspected to see if they need replacement.
Front brake pads will usually wear down faster than the rear ones. Front pads take on more of the weight load when you press down on the brakes. The car wants to keep moving forward, so the weight that is shifted toward the front wears down the front brake pads faster than the rear ones.
If a squealing or squeaking sound is noticed, it could have to do with a change in the weather. But if the sound doesn’t go away, having the brake pads inspected is a good idea. They may need replacement.
HOW TO MAKE BRAKE PADS LAST LONGER
Need some easy-to-follow driving tips to make brake pads last a bit longer? Check these out:
Slow is the way to go. Drive slower to avoid having to brake from a high speed. Jamming on the brakes can wear down the pads faster.
One is enough. Drive with one foot. Those who use two feet while driving typically will tap the brakes more often, as it becomes part of a routine.
The coast is clear. Coast to a stop instead of waiting to brake at the last second.
LEXUS BRAKE SERVICES
Superior service starts here. At our state-of-the-art SERVICE CENTER, our technicians will efficiently answer your brake questions, such as, “How long do brake pads last?”
When it comes to the brake pads, look behind the wheel spokes on your tires. The brake pads should be at least ¼ inch thick. If the pads are thinning, replacement is needed. For brake pads and complete brake repair, we’re here to assist you.
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