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How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

One of the most important systems in your vehicle is your brake system. Without working brakes, drivers in Brockton, Randolph and Stoughton can’t drive safely in order to run errands, commute to work, or spend weekends out of town with the family.

In order to stay safe and help you better understand the importance of maintaining your brake pads, we at Nissan 24 have put together this helpful guide about brake pads. Read ahead to learn what they are, how long they last, and factors that could cause your brake pads to wear down faster than normal!

What are Brake Pads?

Your brake system is made up of several different parts. Three of the most important ones are your brake rotors, your brake discs, and your brake pads. The brake pads, which are rectangular pads made of friction material, are connected to the rotors.

The rotors hug the brake discs, which are connected to the wheel of your vehicle, and when you press down on the brake pedal, the rotors press the brake pads to the brake disc in order to create enough friction to slow or stop your vehicle.

These brake pads can be made of several different kinds of material and formed into different solid and hallowed shapes in order to cater to your driving habits. For standard, everyday driving, you’d use solid brake pads made from harder material so they last as long as they should.

How Long Your Brake Pads Should Last

Now we have a better idea of what brake pads are and how they’re used, let’s get down to brass tacks. No matter what type of brake pads you choose, they typically should last somewhere between 30,000 and 70,000 miles – the average is around 50,000 miles.

Factors that Could Mess with Your Brake Pads

Knowing what we know about what kind of stress the brake pads can be under when stopping a vehicle, though, it’s easy to see how this estimated amount of time can be altered. Below are some of the most common ways your brake pads get worn down faster than they should:

  • You don’t have the right type of brake pads for your driving style. Typically, high-performance vehicles require hallowed brake pads to prevent overheating.
  • You spend a lot of time in stop-and-go traffic. City driving can wreak havoc on your brake pads because of the rapid speeding up and immediate slowing back down.
  • You ride your brake even when your it isn’t necessary. Pressing and holding down on your brake pedal is one of the easiest ways to wear down your brake pads.
  • You’re an aggressive driver. You speed up too quickly and this causes you to slam on your brakes rather than coming to a gradual stop.

As you can see, a lot of these factors have to do with you’re driving habits. This is good news because it means that you can easily prevent brake pad wear-and-tear just by altering the way you drive.

Need Your Brake Pads Changed?

Think it may be time to have your brake pads looked at or replaced? We at Nissan 24 are happy to help with that! Drivers in Brockton, Randolph and Stoughton should give us a call today with any questions you may have or to schedule a service appointment.