How Often Should You Replace the Brakes in the Car? Here’s the Answer

Brakes are one of the most crucial parts of a car, and to ensure that they perform optimally, you need to keep them well maintained. The brake pads, brake rotor, and brake calipers, which are the primary components of the disc brake system wear out eventually due to many factors. If you have bought a new car, the brake might not need replacement after about 50,000 miles. The situation could, however, be different if you opted for a used car from dealership or auction auto sales. In this blog post, we discuss a number of factors that affect the lifespan of brakes and how often to replace them.

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What Reduces the Lifespan of Brakes?

Driving Habit

The harder a driver pushes the brake, shorter the lifespan of brake pads. Gradual and smooth braking will increase the lifespan of brake pads.

Environment

Driving on long straight often reduces the frequency of braking, which improves the life of brake pads. If you drive more on a mountainous region, steep elevation could wear brakes out quickly.

Material

Carbon-ceramic brakes have a longer life than standard metal brakes. These, however, have two major drawbacks:

  • They need to be warmer than the metal alternatives to be effective

  • They are more expensive 

Hardness of Brake Pad

Brake pads with hard compound have more lifespan, but they should be warm when in use. The brake pads made of a soft compound are ideal for low speed-driving as too much heat generated during high-speed driving can melt the pad component and reduce the performance of the brake.

What is the Replacement Tenure of Brakes?

As mentioned above, brake pads usually don’t need replacement before 50,000 miles. Adverse driving conditions, environment and poor quality of material could, however, make it mandatory for the owner to replace brake pads after 25,000 miles. There are some indicators that could help you decide if brake pads need replacement.

  • Regular inspection could help in finding out the condition of brake pads. Ask the mechanic to look at the brake pads when changing oil or rotating tires.

  • Small metal tab is present at the bottom of brake pads, which might run out with time. If you notice that brake pad is making a scraping or squealing noise, get it replaced.

  • Jittery braking is an indication of warped rotors. While there are treatments to clean or grind down the surface of the rotors, it is always better to get them replaced.

Final Words

If brakes are looking worn out or not performing well, it is better to get them replaced. Any unusual noise or spark coming from brakes is not a good sign, and you must get in touch with a mechanic to find out the problem. Ignoring a problem with the brake system or delaying its replacement increases the chances of a mishap, so make sure that you get the fault rectified without wasting time.


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