How Long Do Brakes Last?

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Getting the routine service that’s recommended for your vehicle will help you maintain its ability to perform at its best. One of those components that needs to be regularly inspected to stay safe while on the roads of Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle are your brakes.

You may be wondering, how long do brakes last? At Faulkner Mazda, we help answer that question for you so you can stay aware of when it’s time to replace your brakes!

What Type of Brakes Do I Have?

It’s important to first figure out which type of braking system your vehicle has. Both disc and drum brakes involve multiple components and use friction in order to slow down and stop the vehicle.

Why Do I Need To Replace My Brakes?With disc brakes, there’s a metal rotor that spins along with the wheel. When you put your foot on the brake, there are brake pads that then squeeze against the rotor on each side of it to slow down the spinning and eventually stop the wheels from turning. Meanwhile, drum brakes are comprised of a wide cylinder that has a similar look to a drum. Inside, there are curved shoes that push outward against the inside of the drum to slow down the vehicle.

Newer vehicles most likely have disc brakes installed in them, but could possibly have drum brakes in the back. You can usually visually determine which type of braking system you have. However, if you are unsure, our expert technicians can inform you as to which type your car has.

How Long Do Brakes Last?

Both disc and drum brakes use the force of friction to stop your tires from rotating. With that friction, there is wear to parts of your brakes over time. With disc brakes, you will need to replace the brake pads anywhere from 25,000-65,000 miles. As for drum brakes, the brake shoes will have to get changed every 30,000-70,000 miles.

Other Factors that Cause Wear to Brakes

How Can I Tell Whether I Need to Replace my BrakesThose may seem like wide ranges, but that’s because the amount of time to wait between brake service will vary based on your driving habits and other factors. Your brake pads can be made out of various materials, including metallic, composite, and ceramic, which can also affect how quickly they wear.

The way you drive can also alter the lifespan of your brakes. For example, you will want to be aware of what kind of driving situations you’re normally in. If you drive in a lot of stop-and-go traffic, or usually have a lot of weight in your car due to passengers or cargo, you will probably want to see if the brakes need to be replaced toward the earlier end of that range.

Have Your Car Serviced with Us!

If you start to notice any unusual sounds coming from your brakes while driving around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, our technicians at Faulkner Mazda can help identify and rectify the issue. If you’re just wondering the condition of your brakes and whether they should be replaced, you can schedule an appointment with us to find out!