How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Mechanic Inspecting Brake Pads and Rotors

No one looks forward to replacing their brakes. But it’s one of those things that have to be done in order to operate our vehicles safely. So, how long do car brakes last or, more precisely, how many miles do brakes last? Brake pads will generally last from 25,000 to 65,000 miles on average. Our service center wants to help keep you safe on our Clarendon Hills roads, so we’ve put together the guide below on how long you can expect to keep using your brakes safely.



How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

So, how many miles do car brakes last, typically? As stated above, brakes will usually last from 25,000 to 65,000 miles, putting the average lifespan of brake pads at 40,000 miles. But that average factors in things like driving conditions, driving behavior, and the quality of the brakes themselves, which can all impact that time frame. So how many miles do brakes last in ideal circumstances if they are high quality? Some brake pads have been known to last 120,000 miles or even more, but that’s very rare. Here are some factors that affect how long car brakes last:

  • Do you tend to brake hard, or gradually come to a stop?
  • Do you drive mostly on the highway, or in stop-and-go Elmhurst traffic?
  • Do you drive in flat areas, or on hilly roads?
  • Do you haul or tow heavy loads?

Signs It’s Time to Replace Those Brake Pads

Every Downers Grove driver should know the signs that brake pads are worn. How long do car brakes last once there’s an indication there’s an issue? Let’s put it this way – the moment you hear your brakes start to squeal, you should make an appointment with our service center. Here are some signs it’s time to replace those brake pads:

  • There is a squealing noise when the brakes are applied
  • You have to push the brake pedal further down than usual to come to a stop
  • It takes longer for the car to come to a complete stop
  • The brake light comes on (don’t wait for this to happen!)

Trust Your Brakes to the Pros at INFINITI of Clarendon Hills

Our trained experts are here to help if you have any issues with your brakes. Bring your car in the moment you notice an issue. If you found this guide to be helpful, check out our other service tips, like how to change a brake light. We’re conveniently located near Westmont. So, drop by or contact us today!


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