How long do car brakes last?

I have an older car, and it’s been screeching when I come to a stop. My mom said that means the brake pads are worn out. But I feel like I just got those replaced. How long are they supposed to last?

Answer
Mom knows best, so listen to her! Screeching brakes are a sign that your brake pads might be worn out.
On average, brake pads last about 25,000 to 65,000 miles. Many factors can impact the lifespan, such as:
  • Driving habits
  • Climate
  • Quality of brakes chosen
It’s important to get your brakes looked at because braking is vital to keeping you and the people around you safe. It is common for repair shops to have warranties on their break pads, so visit the shop you went to last time. There is a chance you can get a new set for free!
It might help to have roadside assistance for some peace of mind. Jerry offers our customers a modern roadside assistance membership. Along with traditional benefits, you get Uber-like tracking for the status of your service and the ability to contact your service provider directly for as low as $4.16 a month.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Oct 29, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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