How Often Should Brake Pads Be Replaced?

How often should brake pads be replaced?Brake pads are guaranteed to wear over time. It is less clear, however, how often brake pads would need to be replaced. Most manufacturers say they would need to be replaced every 20,000 to 50,000 miles. But this will of course completely depend on your model of car, the replacement interval may be higher or lower than that. How quickly they wear will depend on a number of factors.

Brake Pads Can Wear Faster Due To Your Driving Style

One of the main factors that will impact brake pad wear is the way you drive. This may sound a bit unlikely, but how you use your brakes can have a big effect on how quickly your pads wear down. General rule would be, the more you use your brakes, the more they will wear. That said, low speed stop-and-go traffic in the city will put less strain on the brakes than braking hard on the motorway.

The Quality Of The Brake Pads Matters

Fitting cheap brake pads can be tempting, but remember that you get what you pay for. As a general rule cheaper brake pads will also have been made out of cheaper material, which may mean that they will wear quicker. Apart from that quality also matters in terms of safety; bad quality brake pads can get damaged more easily and cause brake failure. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that good quality pads are fitted. Mechanics are best placed to advise on which pads to use, they will use their expertise to choose the right ones.

How Do I Know When The Brake Pads Need Replacing

Generally you will find that your front brake pads will need to be replaced more often than the rear ones. Primarily that is because the brake balance is adjusted towards the front, so that your car remains stable during braking. On the other hand, the weight of the car is also transferred to front under braking. That means of course that a lot more strain is put on the front pads, hence they need replacing more often.

Whilst it is important to stick to your car’s service guidelines on replacing brake pads it can be that they wear quicker than the suggested interval. It is worth therefore keeping track on how the car brakes. If you notice any issues make sure you get it checked out by a mechanic. Remember, having your brakes checked out regularly is the best way to stay safe.

About Kurt Schleier

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