A crucial part to any vehicle and your overall safety as you drive around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Trevose is the braking system. Over time the various parts and components need to be replaced due to the wear and tear they experience. That includes two of the many parts of the brake system, the brake pads and rotors.
How long do brake pads last? At Faulkner Auto Group, we attempt to answer that question for you so you will be able to know when to get them replaced and continue to safely stop and slow down while driving.
Importance of Brake Pads
The brake pads are extremely vital to your overall safety since they are the part of the brakes that physically pushes against the rotor to slow you down and stop your vehicle. When you press your foot to the brake pedal, that then causes the brake pads to create friction by rubbing against the rotors, which will slow your car down.
So, having properly working brake pads will ensure that your vehicle is able to slow down at the rate it is designed to and can stop quickly when needed.
When Should I Change My Brake Pads?
Since your brake pads are a hard-working component within your car, it is no surprise that they will need to be replaced every once in a while. It is recommended to change your brake pads every 30,000-70,000 miles. The reason for such a wide range is because there are many factors at play that determine just how long your brake pads will last.
Type of Brake Pads
Brake pads come in a variety of materials, each providing different benefits when it comes to their performance. The main four types of pads are organic, semi-metallic, metallic, and ceramic. Semi-metallic are the most common pads found in cars theses days and usually last longer than ceramic pads but aren’t as responsive as them. Deciding which brake pads your car has can help you figure out how long they will last.
Your daily driving also can play a role in the lifespan of your brake pads. The weight of your vehicle and if it is usually loaded with cargo and/or passenger can wear out the pads at a quicker rate. Your speed can also be a factor on the wearing of the brake pads. When you are at a faster speed, it takes more friction to quickly slow your vehicle down.
Also, making sure other parts of the braking system are in proper working order can help preserve the pads from being damaged and worn. This includes the brake fluid, which regularly should be flushed and changed as well.
Schedule to Have your Car Maintenance at our Service Department
Now that you have a better sense of just how long your brake pads last, you can get them changed when the time comes. If you are in the Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, or Trevose area and need your brake pads changed, our technicians at Faulkner Auto Group are ready to get the job done.