Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island drivers rely on high-performing brakes to come to a safe and complete stop. You may find yourself wondering: How long do brake pads last? The average lifespan of a brake pad is somewhere between 25,000 and 65,000 miles.

At Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Hilton Head, we're here to give you a closer look at the working of your brake pads and how to know when yours need to be replaced. Read on to learn more!

Why Do You Need New Brake Pads?

When you press the brake pedal, your brake pads help bring your car to a stop. The frictional material on the pads rubs against the rotors, slowing the brake rotors and, therefore, the wheels. The pads are under an intense amount of pressure, and over time, that frictional material wears down.

If you're wondering when to replace your brake pads, you should check the maintenance schedule in your vehicle owner's manual. You'll find the most accurate information for your make and model car for the optimal performance.

When to Replace Brake Pads

Brake pads may last about 40,000 miles on average, but you should always watch for signs that your brake pads need replacement. If you notice any of these signals, bring your car to a licensed technician ASAP:

  • Squeaking - Many auto manufacturers put a steel spring near the base of their pads to make a squeaking noise that alerts you when the frictional material gets too low.
  • Vibrating - Ever notice your brake pedal vibrating or wobbling as you press down on it? It's one more sign that your brake pads may need replacement.
  • Visual Check - In most cars, you can see the brake pads through the spokes in the wheel. When they're less than a quarter-inch thick, it's time to install new ones.

Extending the Life of Your Brake Pads

The lifespan of your brake pads isn't set in stone: There are strategies you can use to extend the length of their life. Some of them include:

  • Slow Down. The slower you drive, the less pressure you'll put on the pads. Fast driving punctuated by sudden stops can reduce the life of your brake pads significantly.
  • Lighten the Load. If you're carrying around extra cargo in your trunk, consider removing it. More weight means you'll need more brake power to come to a stop.
  • Monitor Brake Fluid. With fresh, sufficient brake fluid, your brakes will perform at their best and you won't put unnecessary pressure on your pads.

Schedule Brake Repair Today in Hardeeville, SC!

Now that you know how long brake pads last, you'll have a better idea when to have yours replaced. If it's been a while, you can have your brake pads inspected and replaced here at Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Hilton Head.

Our experienced technicians can replace your pads, check your brake fluid, and perform other maintenance tasks to ensure that your brakes work soundly on the roads of Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island. Set up an appointment today!

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