How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

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Life of Your Brake Pads

Your brakes are the front line when it comes to safety on your vehicle. The brake pads are the part of the brake system that does the stopping for your vehicle, so it’s critical to keep those pads in good shape and replace them when necessary. Generally, brake pads have a lifespan of 25,000 to 65,000 miles. A lot of factors can affect the life of your brake pads including your personal driving habits, the environment you drive in most, and the manufacturer of the brake pads. One of the best things you can do to ensure your brakes respond as you expect them to during an emergency stop is to take your vehicle to a certified service station like Titan Auto and Tire in South Chesterfield, VA, to have your brakes inspected. The team at Titan Auto and Tire will inspect, diagnose, and recommend brake repairs based on the condition of your brakes, the environment you most often drive in, and your driving habits.

Signs Your Brake Pads Need to Be Replaced

There are several signs your brake pads require replacement. The first is squeaking or squealing sounds when you press the brake pedal. Many modern brake pads are manufactured with a layer of metal fibers or threads placed at the point when your brake pads are too thin to effectively stop your vehicle. When you hear that squeal when you brake, it’s time to take your vehicle to your favorite certified service center for brake repair including brake pad replacement. If your brakes grind when you press the pedal, it’s past time to replace your brake pads. That grinding sound means the calipers are contacting with the rotors. The sound results from metal on metal contact that can damage the rotors and increase the cost of the brake repairs needed to fix the issue. You may also notice that braking takes longer, or you feel like you have to press the pedal harder to get good contact to brake. These are signs you need new brake pads and a full brake repair inspection and service.

Bring Your Vehicle to Titan Auto and Tire for Brake Repair

The Titan Auto and Tire team are here to help you keep your vehicle safe through brake inspection and repair. The technicians will inspect and diagnose the problems with your brakes and help you understand how their repair recommendations will keep you, your passengers, and other drivers safe on the road. Give the team a call today to make an appointment for a brake inspection and repair.

Written by Titan Auto & Tire