How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

How long do car brakes last? This is one of the most frequently asked questions from Lees Summit drivers when they visit our Merriam service center for routine maintenance. The answer will depend on how you drive, where you drive, and what kind of brake pads your vehicle uses. With that said, the team at INFINITI of Kansas City has put together a quick and easy overview of the average brake life and the factors affecting it. Feel free to give us a call at any time if you have additional questions. We’re here to help provide important information that’s easy to understand.

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

It’s impossible to state an exact number. However, the average brake life is between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, but there’s generally a considerable 40,000-mile range in play — some Overland Park drivers will have brake pads that will last beyond 80,000 miles. Be sure to follow your vehicle’s standard service intervals. They take everything from torque calculations to OEM specs into account, but the actual life of your brake pads depends on additional factors.

What Affects Brake Pad Life?

Your gas mileage changes based on how and where you drive. Your brake pads are the same – the life changes depending on:

  • Driving Habits: If you brake hard instead of pressing down softly or ride on the brakes instead of coasting to a stop, your brake pads won’t last as long.
  • Environment: Driving in the city means encountering traffic and lights, so you’ll brake more. Driving on the highway usually means longer brake life.
  • Brake Material: Carbon-ceramic brakes last longer than standard metal brakes, but they tend to be more expensive. If you don’t already know, look into your brake material.

Have Your Brakes Inspected and Serviced in Merriam!

Whether you’re wearing down your brakes on trips around the Olathe and Lees Summit areas or driving across the country on a family road trip, it’s essential to schedule a service appointment with the INFINITI of Kansas City service center when they need to be changed. We also offer a rotating selection of service specials, to help you save! Give INFINITI of Kansas City a call with any questions you have about your vehicle, maintenance schedule, or liability insurance coverage.

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