How Long Do Brakes Last?


Driving around Vista, Escondido, and Carlsbad, CA, you’ll need to keep up with the maintenance of your car. Your brakes, in particular, are one of the key components that will eventually need replacement, but when?

Below, the Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Vista team has created an in-depth guide to your brakes and how long you can expect them to last.


How Long Different Brake Parts Last

The brake system consists of numerous parts working together from the front of your vehicle to the back. However, when asking about how long brakes last, most people are referring to the components on the wheels. These include:

  • Brake pads
  • Rotors
  • Calipers

These parts need replacement or repair more frequently than other areas of the brake system due to their direct involvement in slowing down the vehicle.

However, the lifespan of brakes varies from car to car. For some vehicles, the brakes need replacement every 20,000 miles, while others can travel 70,000 miles before needing brake service. Longevity depends on certain factors, like:

  • The type of brake pads you have
  • Your driving habits
  • The type of transmission you have
  • The type of driving you do

There isn’t a standard for the lifespan of a brake. Instead, you can watch out for signs and symptoms of wear and schedule regular inspections with a mechanic.

How Long Different Brake Parts Last Vehicle rotor lifespan

Causes of Brake Wear

Your brake system wears out for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest overall contributors is friction.

Friction is actually what causes your vehicle to slow down and stop as your brake pads come into contact with the rotors. However, the harder and more often you press on the brake pedal, the faster those parts will wear out.

While there’s no getting around using your brakes, you can adjust your driving style to put less pressure on the brake system and prolong its lifespan.

In addition to regular use, there are other factors at play when it comes to the lifespan of your brakes. Your environment, for instance, can cause your brakes to wear faster. This might be the case if you live in a hilly area and need to brake while going down hills every day.


How to Check If Your Brakes are Worn

There are several signs that your brake system will send you to indicate they are nearing their expiration date.

For instance, you will hear a squealing or screeching noise when pressing on the brakes. This occurs when the brake pads are worn out. On the other hand, you may hear a grinding noise indicating that your brake pads need replacement as soon as possible.

Apart from these auditory signs, you can take a look at your brakes. Your brake pads should be at least a quarter of an inch in thickness. If they are thinner, it is time to get them replaced.

How to Check If Your Brakes are Worn

Find Out If It’s Time for New Brakes

If you think it’s time to get your brakes inspected, the technicians at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Vista are happy to complete this service. We’ll also let you know if they’re worn out, so that you can get them replaced.

If you live around Vista, Escondido, or Carlsbad, California, schedule a brake inspection with our team!


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