How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Mechanic Adjusting Brake Pad

Your car braking system is one of the most important components in your entire vehicle, but just how long do car brakes last? The average brake life ranges between 25,000 and 65,000 miles – which is a fairly large spread. To narrow down your interval, we recommend checking out your owner’s manual or asking our service department for more specific guidelines. 

Going to an OEM service center like one of the Ryan Family Dealerships centers is one of the best options when servicing your car. Your braking service will include brake pad inspection, rotor checks, and more. This will help your technician determine when you’ll need your next replacement or any repairs. Technicians can make estimates based on torque calculations, performance specs and more.

What Affects Brake Life?

How many miles do brakes last? The answer can vary depending on a number of factors, including:

  • Driving Habits: Do you brake hard? More aggressive drivers in Minot tend to wear down their brakes faster than those with a more gentle, deliberate driving style.
  • Environment: Do you drive in the city or the highway more often? Highway driving features few stops, while city driving relies on the brakes heavily for traffic lights and stop signs. City driving is much more taxing on the car.
  • Brake Pad Type: Do you know what type of brake pads you use? Carbon-ceramic pads are the most long-lasting and durable, but they typically cost much more than typical metallic pads.

What Do My Brakes Shake?

Beyond how many miles do brakes last, you might be wondering “Why do my brakes shake when I use the pedal?” If you notice shaking or vibrations when you hit the brakes in Bismarck we recommend scheduling your service immediately. That’s because this could indicate an issue with your braking system, or it could be any of the following:

  • One of your tires is experiencing “run out,” or is no longer perfectly round
  • One of your wheels is imbalanced
  • Your car’s front-end alignment is off
  • A loose control arm or damaged knuckle is affecting your car’s steering
  • Your car’s axle shaft is damaged
  • Your vehicle has loose lug nuts

Schedule Your Service with Ryan Family Dealerships

Now that you know how long do brakes last, find out how much life is left in your brakes with a Ryan Family Dealerships service center near Williston. Stop by a Ryan Family Dealerships dealership for a brake check, a car inspection, or anything else that you need to keep your car in the best condition possible. Contact us today!

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