How long do brake pads last?

How often do brake pads need to be replaced? I’m going to get my car serviced in a few days. I’m wondering if I should ask the mechanic to replace my brake pads as well.

Answer
Brake pads are an essential part of road safety, so it’s wise to check! Typically, brake pads last for an average of 40,000 miles.
The range to get them replaced can vary from 25,000 miles to 70,000 miles. It will depend on:
  • Your driving habits: If you like to drive fast and suddenly press on the brake, this can cause some wear and tear on your brake pad.
  • Environment: If you live in a city and consistently need to press the brake pad to stop and go while you are in traffic, this can take a toll on your brakes.
  • Type of brake pad: There are three types; organic, semi-metallic, and ceramic. How long each type of brake pad lasts varies.
Ask your mechanic to check out what type of brake pads your car currently uses and how long they last so you can get a rough idea of your replacement period.
While the mechanic is looking at your brakes, spare a minute to review your car insurance to ensure you’re getting the best price.
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Hopefully, this helps!
Phoebe Mah
Answered on Nov 23, 2021
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