How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

Mechanic Working On Brakes

There’s no straightforward answer since your car’s brake pads might last longer than those of another driver. Because of the different factors that impact the lifespan, a question that we can answer instead is “How long should brake pads last?” Generally, the average set of brake pads can last at least about 20,000 miles on the low end or up to 75,000 miles on the high end. But when you consider the make and model of your vehicle, that might be a different story! Find out more from Regal Kia’s service center below!



What Causes Brake Pad Wear?

As you probably know, brake pads are the pieces of your braking system that directly contact with brake rotors to cause friction and slow down your vehicle on the Winter Haven roads. This friction, and the heat caused by it, is exactly the reaction that causes brake pads to eventually wear down to the point where they will need to be replaced.

While brake pads need to be replaced eventually, a few factors can increase or decrease the use rate of brake pad components. Some are within your control (think how hard you regularly apply the brake pedal) while others are out of your control essentially. Check out the list below for a breakdown of the factors that can impact how long brake pads last:

  • Driving/braking habits
  • Type of brake pad
  • Manual vs. automatic transmission
  • Local driving environment
  • Condition of other brake components

How Long Do Ceramic Brake Pads Last?

What about the most resilient brake pad material, typically only found on high-performance and luxury cars: ceramic brake pads? How long do ceramic brake pads last? They can perform reliably for up to 75,000 miles on average! Call us at 863-232-5696 and ask about a potential ceramic brake pad upgrade!

Learn More About Car Maintenance Tips with Regal Kia

After getting a better idea of how long brake pads last, find out more on how you can take care of your car in the Lakeland area. If your brake pads need some refreshing, schedule an appointment online and order the replacement parts that you need!


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