Brake pads are a crucial part of your brake system. However, just like other parts, they often need to be replaced. So, how long do brake pads last? To help drivers in Peoria, Glendale, and Sun City know when to schedule service, Arrowhead Honda answers that and explores how they work and why they need to be replaced.
Brake pads are usually good for between 25,000 to 60,000 miles. Why such a wide range? Well, that's because there's no one definite answer. How long brake pads really last depends on how you drive.
For example, if you drive slowly and usually come to a gradual stop, your brake pads are going to last longer than if you're a fast driver who aggressively slams on the brakes a lot. Where you live can play a part too. If you live in a hilly area and need to ride the brakes while you go down steep roads, you'll probably need new brake pads before a driver who lives and drives on flat terrain. If you're unsure as to whether you need your brake pads replaced, visit our service center.
Brake pads are designed to wear down the more you use them. That's because your brakes use friction to make your wheels slow down and stop moving. The brake pads are what creates that friction.
When you step on the brake pedal, the pressure you apply forces brake fluid through the brake lines and out to your wheels. Each wheel is made up of a spinning rotor. Just above the rotor, there's a set of calipers. The brake pads are attached to the inside of these calipers.
Anytime you apply pressure to the brake pedal, the calipers clamp down on the rotors, causing them to make contact with the brake pads. The friction created by the brake pads is what allows your vehicle to slow down and stop.
Over time, this friction makes the brake pads wear down. Getting them replaced at our service center is as much a part of your routine maintenance as getting an oil change or a tire rotation.
Chances are you've heard squeaky brakes before. Whether that sound is coming from your car or one nearby, there's no mistaking it. Believe it or not, that sound is actually there to remind you that your brakes need maintenance.
Most brake pads are built with a small indicator tab in them. It's about the size of a screw or a small spring. When the pad wears down, this tab makes direct contact with the rotor and creates that unmistakable squeaking sound.
You might also get them changed before you hear anything. Technicians usually look at your brake pads when you come in for other maintenance like oil changes. If they're only about a quarter of an inch thick, a technician may recommend you go ahead and get your brake pads replaced too.
If you've got squeaky brakes or want to learn more about how long your brake pads last, schedule service with Arrowhead Honda. We have a team of certified Honda technicians in our service center who can help drivers in Phoenix, West Valley, and Surprise with all their brake maintenance and repairs.