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Technician Repairing BrakesHow long do car brakes last? A variety of factors can affect the lifespan of your brakes. How you drive, where you drive, and what kind of brake pads your vehicle uses can all play a role in how often your brake pads need to be replaced. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick and easy overview of average brake life and the factors affecting it.

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

Because of the variables mentioned above, it’s impossible to precisely determine how long your brakes will last. Average brake life is between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, but there’s generally a considerable 40,000-mile range in play — some people will have brake pads that last beyond 80,000 miles. To prolong the lifespan of your brakes, follow your vehicle’s standard service intervals because they’ll take everything from torque calculations to OEM specs into account. However, the actual life of your brake pads is going to depend on the factors mentioned below.
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What Affects Brake Pad Life?

Just as your gas mileage will change depending on how and where you drive, brake pad life will change depending on:

  • Environment: Driving in the city means encountering traffic and lights, so you’ll have to brake more often. Driving on the highway usually means longer brake life with less frequent stopping.
  • Brake Material: Carbon-ceramic brakes last longer than standard metal brakes, but they are typically the more expensive option. Find out what kind of material your brakes are made from.
  • Driving Habits: If you brake hard instead of pressing down softly, or if you ride the brakes instead of coasting to a stop, it could shorten the lifespan of your brakes.

Have Your Brakes Inspected and Serviced at INFINITI of Naperville

Whether you’re frequently wearing down your brakes on trips around central Plainfield and Aurora, or going the distance on frequent runs between Lisle and Bolingbrook, schedule service with us when they need to be changed. We make vehicle service quick, convenient, and affordable. Contact us today with any questions that you may have.

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