There is nothing more important than having properly functioning brakes on your car. There are a few factors on how long your brakes will last; what kind of pads your car uses, how you drive and where you drive.
- How you drive. If you drive on highways a lot, you won't use your brakes as much as someone who lives in the city and is in the middle of a lot of stop-and-go traffic. When you brake at lower speeds your brake pads won’t have to exert much force to get your vehicle to stop. Braking at high speeds, on the other hand, can take a serious toll on your brakes.
- Do you drive a lot in the mountains? Do you tow a trailer or haul heavy loads? Those driving habits will all wear down your pads and rotors more quickly than someone who doesn't put that extra friction on their brake components.
- Do you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle? In that case, you may have regenerative brakes that help your vehicle stop and may reduce wear and tear on the pads and rotors.
- The type of brake pads your car uses can also determine how long they will last. There are three main types of brakes pads: 1) Organic pads. These pads have the lowest lifespan. 2) Semi metallic brake pads. They have better durability and are expected to last 50,000 miles. 3) Ceramic pads. They are typically in luxury vehicles and are not meant for high-performance conditions.
A few signs you might need some brake work:
- You must push harder on the brake pedal than you used to.
- Your brakes squeak, grind, or rattle when you apply them.
- Your vehicle pulls to one side when you put on the brakes.
Here at Old Town Automotive we can inspect your brakes and tell you when it's time to or replace your brake pads or rotors. A technician will also check the other wear on components in your brake system that may require repair. When it comes to brake issues, it's a lot better to know earlier rather than later.
Old Town Automotive <br/> 707.442.4556<br/> oldtownauto.com
P.S. A Few Tips to help you brake pads last longer!
- Avoid heavy braking.
- Make sure there is always enough room between you and the car in front of you in order to brake comfortably.
- Keep your car light by removing unnecessary weight.
Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant