How Long Do Brake Pads Last?
Brake pads are designed to last approximately 50,000 miles; however, the number can vary based on several factors, such as driving conditions and behaviors. To give drivers in Dallas, Arlington, and Garland a more detailed overview of how long brake pads last, our team at Dallas DCJR put together this quick guide.
Always feel free to reach out to our service center with any additional questions.
What Do Brake Pads Do?
Brake pads are roughly the size of the heel of a loafer and have steel backing plates with a friction material on the surface. There’s one brake pad on either side of the rotor. When you brake, these pads squeeze against the rotor, creating friction that slows down your wheels.
Over time, this friction material will wear down from pressing against the rotor, which is fine! After all, that is what it’s designed to do. However, you’ll have to be sure to replace your brake pads regularlyto ensure that your braking system works properly.
Signs You Need New Brake Pads
For good measure, we recommend having your brake pads checked with every oil change—roughly every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. By doing so, you can be sure you’re having them looked at annually, if not more often.
However, when you’re due for a replacement, you may notice some signals coming from your car, such as:
- Brake squeaking when not applying the brakes
- A constant clicking noise
- Longer brake times or brake fade
- Pulling slightly to one side when braking
- Brake pedal vibrations when pressed
Keep in mind that if you’re noticing any of these signs, you may be well overdue for service. See a certified service technician as soon as possible for a professional diagnosis and repair.
How Do I Make My Brake Pads Last Longer?
While no method is guaranteed to make your brake pads last longer, there are certain changes you can make that have shown to prolong the time between brake pad replacements. Some of these are:
- Brake slowly and steadily
Are you someone who likes to wait until the last possible moment to hit the brakes? Frequent heavy braking or emergency braking may be wearing down your brake pads faster than necessary. Instead, practice slow and steady braking. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you and give yourself time to slow down before coming to a stop. Not only is this safer, but it may also make your brake pads last longer.
- Take the highway
Driving in a city or in other heavily trafficked areas may lead to more frequent braking, which can wear out your brake pads. Whenever possible, try to stick to highway cruising or use engine braking to slow yourself down without overusing the brakes.
- Limit towing
As a Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, or Ram driver, you’re probably no stranger to heavy towing. However, stopping when hauling a trailer can take a lot of energy and cause extra wear on your braking system. If possible, try to limit your towing. Also, use engine braking or Hill Descent Control (if equipped) where you can when towing.
- Use high-quality brake pad materials
When you head to the dealership for a brake pad replacement, ask for ceramic brake pads with strong, sturdy fibers. These tend to wear down much more slowly than organic or metallic ones.
Visit Us for a Brake Pad Replacement
If you’re due for a brake pad replacement or have more questions about how long brake pads last in the Dallas, Garland, and Arlington areas, come to the service center at Dallas DCJR.
Contact us to make your appointment today!